This past Saturday night, Bonni Marcus and Jack Zinzi were reunited with Bongo, their beloved monkey doll that went missing nearly a week ago after being dropped somewhere between the couple's car and the Park Slope restaurant where they had dinner that night.
The previously reported "non-romantic" couple that is now being referred to as "romantic" in today's New York Post article, returned to the corner of Flatbush and Sterling a few nights ago to put up more posters; posters that had many people wondering if the whole thing was one big fucking joke. The couple spotted a few men standing around, and told them about the beloved doll and the $500 reward for its safe return.
Luis Barreto, a 61 year-old unemployed Park Slope resident, recognized the monkey on the flyer as the same one he'd lifted from a parking meter one week earlier. He took the couple back to his apartment for a teary reunion.
Via the New York Post:
[Bonni Marcus] "felt Bongo’s presence" even while approaching the apartment.
The couple then presented a cash-strapped Barreto the $500 reward they publicly promised for whoever found Bongo — but only after having to beg him to turn the doll over.
"I fell in love with Bongo and wanted to keep him," Barreto said. "He looked real to me and is cute."
Ultimately, he said he caved in after seeing how "heartbroken" Marcus was and being promised he could visit the doll.
The couple joined Barreto for dinner before returning to their Manhattan apartment "so Bongo could again sleep in the bed it shares with them."
I'm starting to fall into the camp of people who are having a hard time buying this whole ordeal. It's just TOO. WEIRD. But what's your verdict, FiPsters? Real or hoax?