Supermarket chain Coles is investigating how a pigeon made its way into the Scoop & Weigh section of one of its Melbourne stores, before being caught on camera feasting on roasted cashew nuts.
The scene was photographed by a shopper at Coles’ Northcote and shared on Twitter. It remains unclear how the bird went about its business without the staff taking notice or action.
“We were concerned to see these photos and have reached out to the store so we can address the issue,” a Coles spokesperson told Inside FMCG when asked about the social-media posts.
“Coles takes food safety seriously and we work hard to keep a clean environment in our stores.
“We have an integrated pest management system, which primarily focuses on keeping pests out of our stores, then controlling pests should they find their way into our stores.”
The image was posted by Melbourne newsreader and traffic reporter Nath Gardiner on Sunday with the comment “Well this is nuts”. He later removed the image after learning he had misidentified the Coles store, but not before at least two high-profile Twitter users had reshared it.
From the image, it looks like someone had detached the cover of the self-serve bin, which made it easier for the bird to enjoy its snack.
It’s not the first time an image of a pigeon inside a Coles supermarket has made the Twittersphere. The post below is From Williamstown last November.