Hundreds of American shoppers had to run for their lives yesterday when a female brown bear entered a Pittsburg department store and began running up and down its aisles.
An ‘expert’ claimed that the bear had become disorientated, entered the store accidentally and then panicked when it couldn’t get out.
When flies do this in the summer it is quite easy to deal with them via a rolled-up newspaper or a quick dispense of the old ‘fly-spray’.
But dealing with a ruddy great hefty, hairy bear is somewhat more of a problem. Which is probably why armed police were called and rifles were deployed.
The department store alerted shoppers to the bear’s arrival in the store with the following Tannoy announcement: ‘There’s a bear in the store!’.
At which point some shoppers replied, ‘how much is it?’ and the rest replied, ‘a bare what?’.
Finally the bear was sedated and carried from the store virtually unharmed. But not before it had taken its shopping through the checkout.
A jar of honey, three bowls of porridge, a packet of marmalade sandwiches and a picnic basket.
Just the bare necessities of life.