A cheeky squirrel gave Tesco staff the run around when he went into a store – and stole a bunch of celery.
The grey rodent was dodging between aisles and hiding under shelves while customer assistants and managers tried to chase it out and catch it.
Shoppers spotted the bushy-tailed rascal nonchalantly standing in the middle of the store having a snack before diving under a shelf when Tesco workers approached.
Artisan barista John Thompson spotted the grey pest on Friday lunchtime.
The 28-year-old, from Shoreditch, east London, said: “I was just buying a chicken and bacon sandwich when I saw a squirrel just standing there in the middle of the aisle.
“He wasn’t moving so I got my phone out to take a picture of him, but he ran under the shelves before I could get him.
“When I looked under the shelf he was just sitting there eating a bit of celery.
“A Tesco employee was trying to shoo him out, but the little fella was just sitting there mugging him off.”
A duty manager said: “You can’t come here and take pictures, you don’t work here, we work here. You can’t come to my house and take pictures.”
John added: “One manager was trying to say it was against company policy to take pictures or videos on Tesco property without permission.
“I was explaining I don’t have to adhere to company policy as I’m not an employee when another manager came out of nowhere and started shouting.
“When I explained it wasn’t against the law and there was nothing he could do he walked off.”