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Chair, 20-feet high, wasn't stolen...just broken

Giant chair typically found in front of a school in Gardner, Mass. Worcester Telegram and Gazette/WBZ

(CBS/AP) GARDNER - It's the kind of thing you expect to hear in the office - hey, someone stole my chair.

In Gardner, Mass. it seemed like an even bigger problem, since the chair in question is over 20-feet tall.

Over the weekend, the giant chair - the very symbol of the town - was missing from its usual spot in front of a school.  Was it the work of vandals or pranksters? 

Mayor Mark Hawke noticed it was gone, and in its place a standard-sized wooden dining room chair had been left.

A quick investigation by police Sunday determined that the 20-foot, 6-inch tall chair that represents the city's furniture-building heritage had simply been hauled away for repair.

Public Works Superintendent Dane Arnold says there was some confusion because city officials thought the repairs were to be done on site.

The current chair is 35 years old, but the city of Gardner has had a giant chair somewhere in town for more than a century.

And they still do.


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