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The Grim Eater

The world’s cheekiest funeral guest.

You’ve heard of the Grim Reaper – the personification of death with his long black cloak and large scythe. But what about the Grim Eater? He doesn’t represent death, but he does like funerals, or rather funeral receptions. “The Grim Eater has been attending up to four funerals a week without an invitation and with no connection to the deceased,” a police spokesperson explained. “After the service, he follows everyone to the reception where he eats as much food as he can. He’s in his forties and he dresses in black. He’s quiet and polite, and he always pays hisrespects in the same way as other mourners. No one thinks to ask him who he is and he just merges into the group. But at the reception, he spends all his time at the buffet table, eating and packing food into Tupperware containers that he carries in a backpack. Then, before anyone can say anything, he leaves quietly,” the spokesperson explained. Police have placed a photo of him on Wanted Posters, and have warned funeral parlours about him. “The Grim Eater knows we’re looking for him, and it won’t be long before we actually catch him!” the police spokesperson added confidently.

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