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The biggest year of theft on record was 2014, when Wisconsin Union staff members discovered that 250 Terrace chairs had “gone missing.” Now, if a total of 250 chairs sounds like a lot, it is. There are (read: should be) 1,000 Terrace chairs out at a time, putting the grand heist at 25 percent. In the past, Union staff estimated that 60 to 70 chairs would be stolen annually and planned accordingly. It takes about two months to make one batch of 300 chairs, and the cost of replacing just one chair is $250. With the jump in Terrace-chair theft, the UW–Madison Police Department partnered with the Union last fall to implement the Union Chair Retrieval Program.

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