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Beware the curse of Japp's stolen tiki -- and bring it back, if you don't mind

Posted at 12:33 AM, Aug 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-05 07:52:23-04

CINCINNATI -- When Japps bartender Nicolas Feldcamp discovered the tiki idol at the center of the Downtown bar's regular themed tiki night had been stolen, his reaction was profound: "Devastation."

That might sound like a little much, but the little mascot had been a constant, grinning presence at Japps' tiki nights for more than two years, giving landlocked Cincinnatians a rare chance to feel tropical and don their most Dennis Nedryesque Hawaiian shirts without shame.

Oh, yeah -- and staffers paid for it with their own money.

"We put out (these decorations) every month because we think it helps to make the night special and enhances the mood," bartender Jeremy Harrison wrote of the theft on Facebook. "All this stuff comes out of our (more specifically MY) own pocket and we don't just have the money to casually replace it as a cost of doing business."

Harrison, Feldcamp and the rest of Japps' staff aren't angry, they said. They just want their decoration back. 

Or else. "The Brady Bunch" did warn us, after all.

"Let's just say you're going to be cursed until we get our idol back," Feldcamp joked.