BARISTA BRUSHES PRICKLY CUSTOMER
AN ECHIDNA walked into a Townsville coffee shop – no, this is not a joke.
The rarely seen spiky visitor wandered into Stripes Coffee on Echlin St about 7am yesterday to the amazement of owner Danny Perkins.
“I had just opened my doors and was making a coffee for one of my mates, who was my first customer, when I turned around I saw it sitting at the front door,” he said.
“He made his way up against one of the walls and it looked like he was t trying to burrow in.
“I tried to usher him out but it looked like he didn’t want to go back on to the street.”
Mr Perkins said he and his friend allowed the curious monotreme to stay in the shop while they finished their coffee before again trying to entice the animal back to nature.
“I got the broom and sort of brushed him out,” he said.
“He was super friendly and I think he just wanted to hang out.”
Mr Perkins said he told the hairdresser at the end of his row of shops to come and see the prickly customer, but it quickly disappeared up Castle Hill.
“Lucky we got the video evidence to prove it,” he said.
MORNING SHOT: An echidna ( inset) visited Stripes Coffee owner Danny Perkins before being shown the door by a broom.