The flightless fowl found its way through the door of the Royal Oaks Liquor Store in Arcadia, California, earlier this week, perhaps on the hunt for a bottle of “Peck-orino”, we like to imagine.
He was so quiet, in fact, that Store manager Rani Ghanem said he didn’t even know he was there until a customer walked in and asked him about “el pollo” – Spanish for “the chicken”.
“It flew towards me”, Ghanem told CBS Los Angeles.
The officer tried to catch the peacock butterfly net, and at this moment the bird began to flap it’s wings, knocking on the shelves of bottles.
Now that the loss was already done, Ghanem pulled out his cellphone and started recording video of the bird-attack in his store, probably trying to take some good out of the whole episode.
An animal control officer eventually arrived at the store to wrangle the bird, but his efforts ended up costing the store manager a lot more than he bargained for.
‘This was really out of my comfort zone, I was kind of scared I didn’t know what to do, ‘ Ghanem said.
Finally, the persistent peacock was ensnared, unharmed, having destroyed $500 worth of wine and spirits, including some expensive Champagne.
The officer arrived but the bird’s capture proved hard. “I’m like, ‘You break, you buy, dude, ‘ But clearly he didn’t”.
The bird broke some of the store’s best bottles, including champagne, Ghanem told the AP. “Yeah, [the peacock]’s got expensive taste”, Ghanem said of the incident, which occurred Monday in Arcadia. “He got away with it”.