Road trip news, rants, and ruminations by the Editors of

« | Main | »

St. Patty Effect: The Unfortunate Mr. Bendo

Mr. Bendo.The tailpipe-hoisting icon of Buck’s Muffler Shop in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, fell to a minivan on St. Patrick’s Day.

“His right leg is busted up really bad, in lots and lots of pieces,” said Jerry Wallenstein, owner of the shop and of Mr. Bendo, a Muffler Man. “The other one’s all there, but it’s just about cracked off. That guy crushed it.”

(Note: there are several other Mr. Bendos across the country. They have not been harmed.)

The 27-year-old driver tried to make a turn in front of the muffler shop and instead plowed into it and Mr. Bendo. The driver had rear-ended another vehicle elsewhere in Sioux Falls before his encounter with the statue. “He was drunk, no insurance,” said Jerry of the driver. “It’s a good thing he hit the building. That saved the leg a little.”

Jerry said that it might take a month or two to repair the legs and get Mr. Bendo back up, but he vowed that it would be done. “If I don’t, the people of Sioux Falls are gonna run me out of town,” he said. “It just happened last night, and it’s just been call after call after call after call.”

An impromtu Facebook support group — Fix Mr. Bendo — was rapidly accumulating fans; at some point, if Bendo stays down, we predict it could exceed the population of Sioux Falls.

Mr. Bendo has held aloft his tailpipe since 1963.

Sections: Attraction News Comments Off on St. Patty Effect: The Unfortunate Mr. Bendo

Muffler Man: Mr. Bendo

Automotive Brake and Exhaust

2516 S. Minnesota Ave., Sioux Falls, SD
Automotive Brake and Exhaust. South side of the city. I-229 exit 3. Drive north one mile on US Hwy 229 BUS/S. Minnesota Ave. Mr. Bendo will be on the right, between 34th and 33rd Sts.
RA Rates:
Worth a Detour
Save to My Sights

Discussion is closed.

Recent Posts


July 21, 2024

My Sights

My Sights on Roadside America

Map and Plan Your Own Roadside Adventure ...Try My Sights

Mobile Apps

Roadside America app: iPhone, iPad Roadside America app for iPhone, iPad. On-route maps, 1,000s of photos, special research targets! ...More

Roadside Presidents app: iPhone, iPad Roadside Presidents app for iPhone, iPad. POTUS landmarks, oddities. ...More

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

National Ballpark Museum, Denver, Colorado (Jul 15-21, 2024)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings