A Market Street pedestrian says they thwarted a thief who was attempting to swipe Lucky 13’s sign from its facade.
Mission Street dive bar Lucky 13 has ducked disaster time and time again, in a way that’s made its name into a self-fulfilling prophecy. In its latest brush with adversity, a suspect was caught on camera trying to rip down its sign, Hoodline reports.
According to a Facebook post from Lucky 13, a passer-by messaged bar management to say that they saw a man standing on a plastic folding chair and tugging at the bar’s big, circular cat sign. When questioned, the man allegedly claimed he was just “fixing” it, then took off, the witness says.
Speaking with Hoodline, bar manager Martin Kraenkel says he doesn’t understand why someone would try to steal the sign. “There’s no value to it, “ he says. “You cannot sell it for anything. And if you are a guy who comes to the bar and wants to hang this in your living room, how is that gonna work...No one would be stoked about a friend doing that. I know if I saw someone doing that, I would be like, ‘you better surrender that asap.’ I just don’t know what their reasoning is.”
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