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Subj:     Sam the Seagull Turns Shoplifter (S550)
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Source: http://www.lifeisajoke.com/news36.htm

July 23, 2007

Sam the Seagull turns chips shoplifter
by Gulliver

A Scottish seagull has turned shoplifter and cheekily strolls into a newsagents to help itself to packets of chips.  The bird, named Sam by locals, steals only its favorite cheese Doritos chips and makes off outside with them to share them with his feathered pals.

Sam has become so popular with locals that they have started paying for his chips.  The bird made his first swoop on RS McColl newsagents in Aberdeen earlier this month and took his first 55p ($1.13) packet.  He is now a regular, wandering in through the shop door when it's open and helping himself. Outside the bag is torn open and the chips shared with other birds.

Shop worker Sriaram Nagarajan said: "Everyone is amazed. For some reason he only takes that one particular kind of chips.  He waits until there are no customers around and I'm standing behind the till, then he raids the place."  At first Mr. Nagarajan didn't believe a seagull was capable of stealing chips. Having seen it with his own eyes he was surprised how skilful a shoplifter Sam was.

"He's becoming a bit of a celebrity. Seagulls are usually not that popular but Sam is a star because he's so funny," he added.

The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds in Scotland said they
had never heard of anything like it before.  A spokesman said gulls
can be very quick and fearless, and clearly Sam was no exception.  However, they would discourage people from feeding gulls, as gulls in towns generate a lot of complaints every year, and the availability of food is the only reason they live in urban settings.

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