Butcher Responds After Getting Complaint About 6ft Sausage Mascot 'Big Willy'
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A butcher has come under fire after tourists complained about his six-foot sausage mascot - who is named 'Big Willy'.
The meaty mascot has had pride of place outside the Fantastic Sausage Factory, in Weymouth, Dorset, for the last three years.
But now it seems visitors have taken issue with him, with one saying: "You'd have thought we were on the main strip in Magaluf."
Big Willy's proud owner (and owner of the butcher's shop) Dennis Spurr explained that his statue is the 'most photographed thing in Weymouth'.
But issues came to the surface when Mr Spurr took a call from a mum-of-two who claimed that her young daughter read the mascot's sign which says: "Please do not sit on my Big Willy."
Other signs say: "Hey I'm Big Willy. I'm raising money for the Phoenix Trust who do a great job rescuing and re-homing dogs.
"To take my picture please put a donation in the box above. Thank you."
The woman told The Sun: "I can't believe it. We were on holiday when my six-year-old daughter rushed over to look at the giant sausage and proceeded to read 'don't sit on my Big Willy' out loud.
"It was all a bit awkward and embarrassing. You'd have thought we were on the main strip in Magaluf, not in Weymouth high street."
Despite the complaint, Mr Spurr stands by his trusty steed, telling Metro: "I'm a cheeky chappy and I find it my mission in the world to make people smile.
"Big Willy is a hot dog and he stands outside the shop. It's just humour. How can you be offended by something like that?
"In this rotten old world with Covid and stuff like that, we've got to have a laugh, haven't we?"
Jumping to Dennis' defence, one person on social media wrote: "Nice to see you're still wreaking havoc on the holiday makers Dennis. I do miss the quality meat and hog rolls, will definitely be visiting when I'm back in Weymouth next."
Another added: "Big Willy made us shop there!! I have an immature sense of humour and it led me to the best sausages we've had!"
And a third wrote: "I love this place and whenever I'm in Weymouth I always go here. The shop makes me smile. Some people need to get a life and sense of humour. In this day and age we need a good laugh and smile to keep us going."
Another wrote: "Oh leave him alone! He raises tonnes for charity and his meat (pardon the pun) is delicious! Sod off if you don't like it!"
Well, that's settled then.