Yo, ho, ho - Im lovin it!

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  1. You want fries with that?

    Top drills for getting so far with it, pity they couldn't get it back on board:

    Sailors steal McDonald's statue

    The sailors were arrested on the same day they arrived in the Chilean city
    Two Royal Navy sailors from HMS Manchester have appeared in court in Chile for stealing a life-size statue from a McDonald's restaurant.

    A judge at the court in Valparaiso fined the pair £350 for damage to a plastic figure of Ronald McDonald, said a Ministry of Defence (MoD) spokesman.

    HMS Manchester had arrived in the Chilean port on Monday and the sailors were arrested later that day.

    The MoD said: "As far as I am aware they threw the statue in the harbour."

    The spokesman added: "The sailors in question are now back on board HMS Manchester.

    "They have formally apologised to McDonald's for the incident.

    "The Navy does not condone unlawful activity."

    HMS Manchester is currently in Chile on exercise with the French, Brazilian and Chilean Navies.

    The Ronald McDonald statue was dumped in the harbour in Valparaiso
    Until Monday the crew had been on an eight-week patrol in the South Atlantic and is due to return to the UK in August.

    When in the UK the ship is based in Portsmouth, where many of the crew live.

    A source in Chile told BBC News: "The story has had considerable coverage here in Chile, being featured on local television and radio.

    "Most Chileans have laughed at the pair's antics."

    The vessel, which is the third to carry the City of Manchester name and coat of arms on its funnel, had been in service since 1980.

    In 2006 the crew of HMS Manchester were given the honour of the freedom of Manchester
  2. Throwing it into the harbour just shows how unimaginative the Navy can be. Getting it on board and fixing it to the bow as the figurehead would have been a far more impressive escapade and would have been flashed around the world by the media. It would also have earned the ship the undying gratitude of Ronald McDonald; free burgers for the crew on every run ashore for years to come!

    What a waste!