To Catch a Poster Thief
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To Catch a Poster Thief

The security camera footage, above, is all Dan Good has left of his signed Ramones poster. It hung on a wall in The Hideout, the Queen Street West bar he opened with his brothers in 2006, until the night of Saturday, January 15, at approximately 1:05 a.m. (so technically, Sunday morning). What the footage, taken at the bar at around that time, appears to show is a young woman with long hair casually removing the treasured punk rock keepsake from the wall while other patrons watch, and then, with the help of a few friends, exiting through the back door with the five-by-four-foot poster in hand. Now, in a bid to recover what’s his, Good has turned to the internet for help.

“The poster is a picture of the Ramones outside of CBGBs,” says Good. “It’s signed: ‘To the Good brothers, all the best with your bar,’ and then Marky Ramone’s name, in a black sharpie.”
The poster was a gift.
“When we opened, a friend of ours just came in with a hammer and a nail and he didn’t even tell us…he just put it up there.”
“It’s been there since day one.”
After realizing the poster was missing, Hideout staff started soliciting information about the woman they suspected of stealing it, using the bar’s Facebook page. On January 18, they posted a picture of the alleged culprit with her face obscured by the bar’s logo, alongside a written promise to release an unobscured face shot if the poster wasn’t returned within two days. When the deadline was up, they made good on their promise, and threw in the security camera footage for good measure. They edited it to show the entire alleged theft, and set it to a Ramones’ song: “Punishment Fits the Crime.”
Another fitting punishment: YouTube later stripped the song from the version of the video posted there (and embedded above), because its use allegedly constituted copyright infringement.
Good says he’s received no definitive information regarding the girl in the security camera video, but has heard from friends involved in the Queen West scene that she has been spotted in at least one other bar on the strip since the night in question, and that her hair, contrary to the way it appears in the footage, is brown.
“This was as blatant as you could ever, ever get,” says Good. “We’re a bit surprised nobody said anything, because it’s such a local spot that most people know of.”
“I suppose I wouldn’t be dead set against telling the police,” he continues. “But we don’t want to get someone a record or anything like that. We just want our property back.”
Good stresses that he’s not a vindictive person. Not that there wouldn’t be consequences.
“She’ll be banned from The Hideout for life,” he says. “I don’t think I’d be cool having a drink with her, or whatever.”