David Hasselhoff sign… Is a photo of ubiquitous entertainer David Hasselhoff worth losing your life over? How about two photos? A gas station clerk is in critical condition after he attempted to stop the theft of two signs featuring images of actor David Hasselhoff, reports The Associated Press on Aug. 20.
The Conn. convenience store clerk working at the Cumberland Farms in Shelton saw a man taking the signs at approximately 1 a.m. Tuesday. Evidently, the signs are large cardboard advertisements of sorts, and the clerk witnessed the man placing them into the back of his SUV.
The 36-year-old clerk went well above the call of what would be required of him on an overnight shift at a mini mart. He attempted to stop the man, who drove off in his SUV, dragging the clerk and injuring him critically.
Police are currently looking for suspects, and the clerk, whose name has not yet been released, remains hospitalized.
According to NBC Bay Area story from last year, "only 20 out of the original 570 Hoffs remain at Cumberland Farms convenience stores located in New England and Florida." Looks like the lusting after the signs has continued.
At the time, the 61-year-old actor commented about the notoriety and was amused by the pilfering, even going so far as to strangely advocate for his fans to steal more.
"I think it's fantastic and I encourage everybody out there to go get more. The first thing I thought of was that I was in trouble and then I thought, 'Oh good they’re not accusing me of stealing, they’re accusing people of stealing me,'" Hasselhoff said.
Perhaps he would feel different if he found out one man is fighting for his life over a ridiculous looking cutout of him holding an iced coffee.
It’s a sad state of affairs when signage of "The Hoff" may cost one man his life. I can’t help but wonder as well: Who would be that frought with desparation that they would steal cutouts of Hasselhoff? We all liked Knight Rider as kids but come on.