CCTV has captured the moment a herring gull boldly strode into Aberdeen’s Belmont Cinema and terrorised unsuspecting staff.
The gull can be seen coming through the cinema doors before walking up to the ticketing booth and launching itself at workers.
It then makes its exit, flying for the door with three members of the Belmont Cinema team in pursuit.
Three male victims of the bird-attack were unavailable for comment following the incident on Friday. But their colleague Calum Scott spoke to the P&J on their behalf.
“The guys who had been working in the ticketing booth looked genuinely traumatised by the whole episode,” he said.
“They didn’t know the gull was there until it was flapping in their faces.
“Until I saw the CCTV footage, I didn’t quite believe them.
“We’ve all seen gulls in Aberdeen stealing food from people and causing a nuisance.
“But I don’t think anyone expects them to actually come inside a building.
“I really don’t know what it was looking for – food I guess. But in the CCTV footage you can see it’s walking around as if it owns the place.
“We all found the whole thing really funny, but it’s also unbelievable just how bold the gulls are becoming.”
It’s not the first time that gulls have been known to make daring raids on Aberdeen shops.
The Belmont Cinema gull brings back memories of Sam the Seagull who used to wander into an Aberdeen newsagent on Union Street and steal bags of crisps. See the video of it in action below.