ABOVE: Bobblehead tops list of Mayor Rob Ford related items. Jackson Proskow reports
TORONTO – The second edition of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford‘s “Robbie Bobbies” went on sale Friday with a line-up stretching outside city hall.
The bobbleheads didn’t go on sale until approximately 12:30 p.m. when the mayor arrived, but people waited for hours in a line that went almost all the way around the building.
The mayor showed up just after 12:30 p.m. to chants of “we want Rob” and “four more years.”
“It’s very humbling,” the mayor said. “I can’t wait for the election. Let the people speak. This is just a small, small portion of the people that are out there.”
He added that “every single one” of the people waiting for bobbleheads will transfer into votes in the next election.
The bobbleheads drew all kinds of Torontonians including protestors, supporters, those looking for a memorable Christmas gift and others who decided on impulse to jump in line.
“I love rob ford. He’s our mayor, I [voted] for him and I will vote for him again, I will always vote for rob ford,” one woman who did not give her name said. “Yes, it’s worth standing in line, definitely.”
And another woman wrote a poem for the mayor:
“To Rob Ford and family, be of good cheer/
Holiday time is near/
Have a wonderful and healthy new year/
You put us on the world map, what do you think of that?/
From Toronto and the GTA, have an awesome holiday/
Merry Christmas and whatever you celebrate, may it be great/
My name is Ms. Anonymous.”
Though hundreds of people lined up at city hall for a chance to get a bobblehead and take a photo with the mayor, he refused to accept the idea he was a celebrity.
“I don’t look at myself [as a celebrity], I’m just an average person that watches taxpayers money, returns phone calls and does what the taxpayers want, I’m not a celebrity,” he said.
The figures depicting the mayor were a big hit when the first round of bobbleheads came out on Nov. 12.
Some of them eventually ended up for resale on auctioning websites selling for double or triple the price.
The mayor’s office says 1000 bobbleheads were snatched up last month, raising over $12,000 for the United Way.
Proceeds from Friday’s sale will go to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Those who aren’t lucky enough to pick one up this time will be given a free Rob Ford T-shirt and a rain-check for a third batch next year.
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