Hoarding of Bernie Brewer lawn ornaments?

CREATED May 16, 2011

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Click on the video link to see raw video of Bernie Brewer joining workers putting lawn gnomes in a Milwaukee County park.

MILWAUKEE - The Milwaukee Brewers distributed 1,400 Bernie Brewer lawn ornaments at Milwaukee County Parks, including 400 along the lakefront, and other locations as a promotion for its Spring Madness event this week.

Some people, however, reportedly chose to claim more than one of them.

A Twitter user who said she was named Erin McHardie posted a photo of dozens of Bernie Brewer lawn gnomes, a photo which had been posted after the gnomes were made available.  (She has since dropped her Twitter account.)

We asked her if she took them herself.  She has not yet responded.

Not all the ornaments had prizes.  Some of them had Brewers autographs.

The Brewers published a fan rules page showing that each person was entitled to one Bernie gnome.

"The intent of this and the rules say that the fans were asked to limit their prizes to one per household.  Because of the magnitude of the promotion, when you have 1,400 across the state, to put guards at the location wasn't practical.  There was a bit of the honor system here," said Brewers Vice President of Communications Tyler Barnes.  "It was impossible to guarantee that every fan could get a prize."

"By in large, the feedback we were getting was very positive."

People were found selling the lawn gnomes on eBay for hundreds of dollars.