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Canal-side bench from 'Fault in Our Stars' missing, but City of Amsterdam says no need to cry

The city of Amsterdam isn't quite sure whether to blame fate or human error, but a bench upon which the star-crossed teenage lovers talk and kiss in the hit film "The Fault in Our Stars" is missing.

The green bench that used to sit on the Leidsdegracht resembles hundreds of others around the city, and its absence went unnoticed for at least a month — probably because unknown persons placed a large flower pot on the spot.

Suspects in the disappearance include the city itself, which may have simply taken the old bench away for repairs, as well as neighbors unhappy with extra tourist traffic, vandals or even fans wanting to own a small piece of film history.

City spokesman Edwin van der Hoek said Tuesday it will be replaced.