August 28, 2013 - 5:19 AM
DAWSON CITY, Yn - A man has left a Dawson City, Yukon, hotel in a bit of a toe jam.
The man was at the Downtown Hotel Saturday night drinking the infamous Sourtoe cocktail, which involves swigging a shot of whiskey with a human toe in the glass and allowing the toe to touch the drinker's lips.
This time, the patron swallowed the digit — on purpose.
The hotel's so-called toe captain, Terry Lee, performed the drink ceremony, and says the man took the shot, gulped down the toe and then slapped $500 dollars of the counter, the fine for swallowing the appendage.
Lee says the fine has since been increased to $2,500, to provide more of a deterrent because now the hotel only has one toe left.
The two shrivelled brown toes have rotated, with one in use and the other stored in coarse salt.
The tradition started in 1973, after a toe believed to belong to a prohibition-era rum runner was found in a cabin by boat captain Dick Stevenson, prompting him to start the "Sourdough Cocktail Club".
News from © The Canadian Press , 2013