Customers at an Asda supermarket have complained of finding animal excrement and bird feathers near fresh food after three sparrows set up home in the store – and then refused to leave.
Speaking to Crawley News, customer Ellen Bonner, 19, voiced her concern that the feathered fiends could be contaminating food.
She said: ‘I have seen them at least three times in the last month.
‘Because I’m a chef I know about food hygiene and seeing them fly over the food counters and open food, I am concerned about cross contamination.
‘I have seen feathers fall down on the food and I have seen the birds casually walk around on the shop floor.
‘Food can be contaminated with any diseases that the birds have that can then make the customer seriously ill.’