A pesky peacock put the “you break it, you buy it” policy to the test when it casually strolled into the Royal Oaks Liquor store in Arcadia, CA. Rani Ghanem, store manager, was working the counter when a customer came up and asked him about “el pollo,” Spanish for chicken. The 21-year-old college student didn’t see the bird walk in, but sure enough, he found the peahen browsing the goods at the back of the store.
Ghanem tried gently herding the peacock back out the door, but the stubborn bird obviously wasn’t finished shopping. When the peeved peacock flew directly at him, Ghanem decided it was time to call in the professionals. He dialed 911, and an animal control officer responded to the scene.
The officer showed up with thick gloves and a fishing net, but that’s when the situation really got interesting. Unwilling to go quietly, the peahen expertly eluded capture. When it jumped onto a wine bottle in an expensive section of alcohol, Ghanem knew things were about to get messy. Each swipe with the net ended in a crash and spilled liquor. The bird hopped from bottle to bottle bringing chaos wherever she went.
Ghanem, who had been recording the incident on his phone, eventually decided to step in. He grabbed a sweatshirt, and when the officer finally got the net situated around the peacock, he helped lift the bird carefully away from the breakable merchandise. From there, the pair escorted the unruly store patron out the door.
The peacock made it through the incident unharmed, but the same can’t be said about the store. Ghanem reported that in the 90 minutes the peacock was there, it broke $500 worth of the best bottles.
While peacocks are a common sight in Arcadia, a town only a short drive from Los Angeles, they don’t usually enter establishments with the intent to cause mayhem. Some residents view them as a nuisance, but strict laws protect the birds from being harmed. Unfortunately for Ghanem and his family that owns the store, the “you break it, you buy it” policy doesn’t seem to apply to wildlife.
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