Hotel Mishaps: Do Not Tempt The Seagulls

You know, we’ve had our share of travel mishaps over the years, but we don’t have any stories that quite compare to this one — so here over at FlyerTalk (if you’re a points hound, a site you should definitiely be following!) is a cautionary tale for you about What Not To Do When Visiting Victoria BC:

The Seagull Mishap That Got A Hotel Guest Banned for 17 Years


…Burchill explained that the business trip to Victoria with his new job also afforded him the opportunity to reunite with navy buddies while in town. As a gesture, he brought along an entire suitcase filled with “Brothers Pepperoni” for his former shipmates who didn’t have access to the favorite Halifax regional treat which was not at the time available on the west coast.

Faced with a lack of proper refrigeration, Burchill made the fateful decision to spread the wrapped pepperoni in front of an open window on a brisk April day in the hope of keeping the meat at a safe temperature. When he returned to his room several hours later, he immediately realized his mistake.

“I remember walking down the long hall and opening the door to my room to find an entire flock of seagulls in my room,” Burchill wrote in his plea for clemency. “I didn’t have time to count, but there must have been 40 of them and they had been in my room, eating pepperoni for a long time. In case you were wondering, Brothers’ TNT Pepperoni does NASTY things to a seagull’s digestive system.”

Burchill soon learned that startling a flock of spicy-sausage-gorged-seagulls with over-strained digestive systems is not a good idea. The resulting damage to hotel property became the stuff of legends.

“They immediately started flying around and crashing into things as they desperately tried to leave the room through the small opening by which they had entered,” he explained. “Less composed seagulls are attempting to leave through the other CLOSED windows. The result was a tornado of seagull excrement, feathers, pepperoni chunks and fairly large birds whipping around the room.”

As Burchill surveyed the damage and shooed the remaining seagulls out through now open windows, he couldn’t have guessed that things were about to get much worse…


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