BARISTA BRUSHES PRICKLY CUS­TOMER

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - RACHEL RI­LEY

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.

Pic­ture: ZAK SIM­MONDS

MORN­ING SHOT: An echidna ( in­set) vis­ited Stripes Cof­fee owner Danny Perkins be­fore be­ing shown the door by a broom.

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