If you're the sort of person to take issue with a worm in your tequila, now would probably be a good time to look away.

Those of you with stronger stomachs can proceed at your own risk.

A bar in Yukon, Canada has appealed to local police after a severed toe used to flavour a signature drink was stolen from the premises.

The Yukon Bar at the Downtown Hotel in Dawson City reported the bizarre crime to police, who have launched an investigation.

The Downtown Hotel has been serving its speciality 'Sourtoe' cocktail for over 40 years - 'Toe Captain' Terry Lee, who works at the hotel, explained how the team is desperate to be reunited with its stomach-turning missing ingredient.

"We fortunately have a couple of back-up toes, but we really need this one back," said Terry.

"Toes are very hard to come by."

The theft occurred during the two-hour slot that the hotel lovingly refers to as 'toe time'.

A man is alleged to have been boasting in the bar earlier in the night about how he planned to steal the toe, before tricking one of the staff into handing it over.

A kind member of staff agreed to let the man try the drink outside of the allotted window.

"And this is how he pays her back," Lee said in a news release. "What a lowlife."

The strange tradition is said to trace its roots back to the 1920s, when a rum runner's toe became frostbitten and fell off, leaving him no option but to preserve it in a jar of alcohol in his cabin.

Downtown Hotel

Credit: Downtown Hotel

Fast forward 50 years and the pickled toe was discovered by a Yukon local who brought it to the Downtown Hotel.

The bar has been through quite a few toes over the years, leading to another bizarre tradition of constantly seeking out new toes.

An advert on the hotel website reads: "Got frostbite?" and also promises those who donate toes will be "immortalised in the Sourtoe Hall of Fame."

The stolen toe was the Downtown's newest recruit and was donated by a man who had to have his toe surgically removed. After spending several months being pickled, the new toe had only just started to be added to drinks the weekend it was stolen.

"This was our new toe, and it was a really good one," said the Downtown's Geri Coulbourne.

It's thought that around eight toes in total have gone missing over the years; many of them were swallowed.

The original toe from the frostbitten rum runner was swallowed by a miner after seven long years flavouring drinks at the hotel.

The fine for stealing the toe currently stands at C$2,500 and the hotel fully intends to claim the money once the thief is apprehended.

Source: The Guardian

Michael Minay

Mike Minay is a trending journalist at LADbible. He’s co-ordinated interviews with some of the big names from the world of news and sport including ITV’s Robert Peston, Sky Sports’ Jeff Stelling and darts champion Michael van Gerwen. His reporting days began on University radio in Birmingham, before moving to BBC Sport Online – creating content for large events such as Wimbledon and the FA Cup final. Mike still commentates on Football League matches at the weekend. A Manchester LAD at heart.

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