OK, being robbed isn't a high-quality event, but this one was good for a laugh. And the culprit only made off with about $3 worth of loot. However the frustration factor is high.
I awoke to this.
Hmmm. My first thought on the suspect was:
You might think it was a raccoon, since they are dexterous and smart. However, I've never, ever seen a raccoon close to our house. My second thought on the suspect was:
We have a running battle going on. He's very cute. But he's very greedy and not intimidated even by the blue jay dive bombing him. I've been squirting him with vinegar water. He doesn't like it, but it only slows him a while. Every time I step on the deck he faces off with me. He knows it's a battle of the wills, oh yes he does. He knows he can grab one more seed before I can get to the squirt bottle and aim at him. Only then does he run, and try to get behind a post. One day I got him sort of cornered and managed to squirt him in the eyes, several times in a row. He sat there blinking and rubbing his eyes, and of course, giving me the evil eye, but ten minutes later he was back. I don't want to really hurt him, but I can't afford to feed a squirrel. Especially one who steals half the block of feed!
So, my solution is the one the Forest Service uses for toilet paper. We've laughed more than once to find at free campsites that the toilet paper is fed onto a rod with multiple rolls, but the bar is secured with a hefty padlock. It's that annoyance factor. People steal the TP, and the FS can't afford to service the site often enough to keep up with the problem.
Problem solved. As long as I don't lose the key.
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