Colombian teacher accused of pilfering Panini stickers

[OFF THE POST] The Panini craze has hit the Colombia city of Bucaramanga, where a 13-year-old accused his teacher of confiscating the students' World Cup stickers and using them to fill his own album.

The daily El Espectador reported the student reported the teacher after seeing him in the teachers' room pasting in stickers he had taken from students who had been trading them in class. The teacher reportedly took them because the trading of the Panini stickers was distracting students from their class work.

"It's no way to give an example to young ones, taking their stickers away for your own benefit," the mother of one of the students told local RCN radio.

The theft of Panini stickers is big business in Brazil, the 2014 World Cup host.  Thieves in Rio de Janeiro recently stole a van containing 300,000 Panini World Cup stickers. In 2010, 135,000 stickers were taken from a distribution center in the city of Santo Andre.

The swapping and trading of the stickers made by the Italian publishing company Panini to complete albums has been popular worldwide since the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.

Panini fever is also heating up in the USA ...

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