Saturday, 15 October 2011
Hey…..It’s Free Yogi!!!
Bear gobbles up pies at B.C. pizza joint
Andrea Lawrance is used to customers having growling tummies.
But this unexpected visitor had a bear-size case of the munchies.
Lawrance was washing dishes at Fat Tony's Pizza in Whistler, B.C. Monday night when a furry four-legged customer with a big appetite arrived about 7:30 p.m. for some grub.
"I was working with my friend Jorja and there was a bear outside on our garbage can," Lawrance.
She and co-worker Jorja Threlsall tried to close the door but decided to seek refuge behind the pizza racks as the black bear ripped apart the garbage can in front of them.
While they wondered whether the curious critter was going to cross their threshold, suddenly it wandered into the store to another garbage can inside.
But it turned out, it wasn't the garbage can it wanted after all.
This bear had its eye on the pie.
"It decided to climb on the counter and put its arms up and steal the pizza and started to eat it," Lawrance said, adding it could only get its front of its body up because it couldn't quite get a grip on the stainless steel.
A native of B.C., Lawrance said she is used to seeing bears -- just not those that prefer in-store dining.
"It was kind of freaky," she said.
"Our first thought was to scare it out."
The girls moved behind the door to hide while about 20 spectators outside started snapping pictures and taking video of the hungry bear.
After trying to scare it out of the store without success, they all watched as the bear demolished four pizzas in half an hour.
"It ate all four pizzas," she said.
"The one he loved the most was beef and blue cheese."
After polishing off the pizzas, which also included cheeseburger and vegetarian, the bear finally left once the girls made some noise.
But the pizza must have been paws-itively delicious, as the bruin came back for more.
"At 10:30 p.m. he came back and we called the cops," she said.
"Then he came around 2 a.m."
But by then, they had closed for the night.
Posted by A Whinger in France