A bloke who works in a chippy by the seaside has come up with a novel way of scaring off seagulls blighting the area.
Corey Grieveson, 18, works at Mister Chips chippy in Whitby harbour.
The area is known for sun, sea and seagulls stealing chips.
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So chippy boss Alex Boyd, 31, decided that he needed to employ a “live seagull deterrent”, or face losing customers because of the massive flying demons.
Step forward young Corey, who now parades around in a giant eagle outfit.
He said: “People absolutely love it.
“They approach me asking for pictures and whatnot – I feel like a bit of a celebrity.
“I just charge at the seagulls when I see them, and I also have to look out for them going near people, and when they do, I run at them and get them away.
“I’ve had gulls hit me on the side of the face with their wing before, then they’ll get down, take your food – they’ll do it so quickly that you just don’t expect it at all."
Corey, who grew up in Whitby, said he starts work 6am on his patrols along the famous holiday destination’s harbour-front during the summer months.
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He was attracted to the job, where he earns a standard rate of £15 an hour, after developing a fascination with birdwatching with his grandfather.
But he said grateful holidaymakers who he's saved from seagull attacks in the past have been more than happy to reward him for his unique service.
He said: “I once made £72 in tips in one day.
“I’ve always liked birds – big birds in particular.
“I just wanted to do something that was going to stand out and make me known."
Alex Boyd, co-owner of Mister Chips, said that since the teen has come on board, punters have been overjoyed with his valiant work.
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He added: “It’s taken me so long to realise what we needed – a live deterrent.
"If you spend £15 per hour to keep the customers safe and the seagulls away, then it’s good for the shop."
Corey said those thinking about a career as a professional bird scaring had to fully commit to the role.
He said: “You’ve got to be enthusiastic about it.
“But it keeps you fit, it’s a lovely job to have, really.
“You’re outside all the time in the good weather. And when the weather is bad, the seagulls aren’t there.”
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