Offbeat Ready, aim, fire: Australian diners given water pistols to ward off seagulls

09:27  17 may  2018
09:27  17 may  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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New York Post. The Australian . PUB staff are arming under-siege punters with water pistols to fend off greedy seagulls after one of the birds stole a steak from a punter's plate. But the bar’s move was praised by John Robins from charity Animal Concern. Diner takes aim at menace.

The Australian . News.com.au. PUB staff are arming under-siege punters with water pistols to fend off greedy seagulls after one of the birds stole a steak from a punter’s plate. Diner Beata Goizlerowicz, 50, was at the pub with her family when a seagull gatecrashed their meal.

  Ready, aim, fire: Australian diners given water pistols to ward off seagulls © REUTERS/Darrin Zammit Lupi Annoyed at seagulls that pester its patrons, a restaurant in the Australian city of Perth has armed customers with water pistols to stop the birds from ruining the waterfront dining experience.

Toby Evans, the owner of 3Sheets restaurant in the capital of Western Australia, said the seagull problem was unusually bad and something had to be done to keep customers from being scared away.

"It was bad, it was bad. I think it's the time of year," he told Nine Network television on Wednesday. "Now they are getting cheekier and cheekier."

The seagulls congregate near the waterfront restaurants at a marina, Hillary's Boat Harbour, scavenging leftovers or hoping for scraps from diners.

Evans decided to equip each table with a water pistol and customers say the strategy, adopted since Saturday, works.

"We didn't have to throw anything at them or run for cover," said one customer.

(Reporting by Stefica Nicol Bikes; Editing by Clarence Fernandez)

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