A seagull has turned shoplifter by wandering into a shop and helping itself to crisps.
The bird walks into the RS McColl newsagents in Aberdeen when the door is open and makes off with cheese Doritos.
The seagull, nicknamed Sam, has now become so popular that locals have started paying for his crisps.
Shop assistant Sriaram Nagarajan said: “Everyone is amazed by the seagull. For some reason he only takes that one particular kind of crisps.”
The bird first swooped in Aberdeen’s Castlegate earlier this month and made off with the 55p crisps, and is now a regular.
Once outside, the crisps are ripped open and the seagull is joined by other birds.
Mr Nagarajan said: “He’s got it down to a fine art. He waits until there are no customers around and I’m standing behind the till, then he raids the place.
“At first I didn’t believe a seagull was capable of stealing crisps. But I saw it with my own eyes and I was surprised. He’s very good at it.
The rest of the flock flap around, begging for titbits and diving for scraps.
Not this fellow. He simply pops to the shops.
And his tastes, it seems, are rather particular. It has to be tortilla chips. But not just any kind. Only Chilli Heatwave flavour Doritos will do.
Luckily for him, they are always in the same place in his favourite corner shop.
He makes a daily stop there, hopping from foot to foot until staff happen to open the door. Then he strolls in and helps himself.
His daily shopping trips have become something of a tourist attraction at the shop.
He is now so popular that customers have started paying for his chips.
Once outside, the seagull enlists the help of other gulls and pigeons to rip open the packet, which he shares with the group. They all feast and then disappear, before returning the next day.
The culprit is a Herring Gull (Larus argentatus).
Hat tip to Karen L. Myers.
That describes every seagull in Seattle and Tacoma, where they get as big as basketballs from all the fish and chips. They can afford to be picky – “Is it halibut? I’ll pass if its cod. Hey dude, got any tartar sauce”?
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