Shoplifting squirrels with a craving for candy bars have snatched several dozen snacks from a Toronto convenience store and the store owners are getting fed up with their thievery.
Luke's Grocery is a family-owned and operated convenience store with a shoplifting problem the local beat cops can't help them solve. They don't blame the boys & girls in blue, however, as the perps' tiny furry wrists easily slip through regulation Toronto Police Service handcuffs. We're talkin' squirrels: bushy-tailed rodents with a hankering for nuts whether they're on the tree or in a candy bar.
“I always see them sneaking outside the door, looking in my store, and even right at me!,” explained store owner Paul Kim. “They come in and take Crunchies, Crispy Crunch, Wonderbar,” added Kim, though the opportunistic critters simply grab what's on the lower display racks instead of browsing for their fave munchies.
The Kim Family props their store's front door open in the warmer months to avoid using expensive air conditioning. This opens the door, literally, to pint-sized bar burglars whose arms are too short to reach the door handle. “I think we've lost up to 48-ish bars this fall season,” states Paul & Juliet Kim's daughter Cindy. “That’s an extremely rough estimate, though, because we have no way of knowing when we've been robbed - they're very sneaky.”
Cindy Kim set up a YouTube account called “StopThatSquirrel DropThatBar” and the pair of caught-in-the-act videos she's posted there have each accrued hundreds of thousands of views. While the Kims would prefer the candy bar kleptomaniac(s) come clean and cease their snack-snatching, it seems not everyone's on their side. “People cheer for the squirrels,” says Cindy Kim. “They find it funny for the most part.” Sure, laugh it up folks... the Kims will get the last laugh when the squirrels' dentist gets down to work.