That’s a Lot of Ice Cubes…

This has to be one of the odder stories from Latin America recently:

Police in Chile say they’ve stopped cold a scheme to steal ice from a disappearing glacier.

The plan was to deliver five tons of ice carved out of icebergs from the Jorge Montt glacier to upscale bars and restaurants in the capital for use as ice cubes, authorities said Friday.

The ice was loaded onto a boat and carried to the town of Caleta Tortel, and then put on a refrigerator truck, with plans to drive it over gravel and dirt roads, ferries and highways, a trip of more than 1,400 miles (2,200 kilometers) to Santiago.

I would have thought that transporting five tons of ice cubes (for upscale bars and restaurants, no less) wouldn’t exactly be inconspicuous. Of course, since the driver was caught and arrested, I guess it wasn’t inconspicuous after all.

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About Colin M. Snider

I have a Ph.D. in history, specializing in Latin American History and Comparative Indigenous History. My dissertation focused on Brazil. Beyond Latin America generally, I'm particularly interested in class identities, military politics, human rights, labor, education, music, and nation. I can be found on Twitter at @ColinMSnider.
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