Talk about a fowl problem.
In what seems like a scene from an Alfred Hitchcock movie, real-life angry birds are attacking a British town, prompting mail carriers to stop their deliveries.
According to the Daily Express, residents of Liskey Hill Crescent, Perranporth, Cornwall, have been instructed to personally go to their local post office to collect their mail, prompting at least one citizen to tell mail carriers to “man up.”
“I’m waiting for a hip operation and now I have to go to the post office every day to collect my mail,” complained Jackie Bray, 67.
“We have to put up with the seagulls so why can’t they? They should man up, buy a hard helmet and deal with it.”
Seagulls have been assaulting adults, kids, dog walkers and builders, with nothing reportedly done to address the problem.
“In the past five years the seagulls have become more aggressive,” said Eric Hardinge.
“They are protecting their chicks and attack people in packs, swooping down, targeting people’s heads. They go berserk when they see bright colors which is why I think they’ve gone for the postwoman because she wears red. The chicks will disappear but it is an ongoing problem. The birds need to be culled.”
Andy Blight, the delivery officer manager for the post office sent a letter to residents indicating their service would resume once the birds have moved on, or if an authorized person removes them.
Royal Mail spokeswoman Val Bodden told the Express: “The safety of our people is paramount and these swooping attacks have made it difficult for the local postwoman to continue to do her job.
“We apologize to those customers affected and we will resume deliveries as soon as it is safe for us to do so.”
In 1963, the classic Hitchcock film “The Birds” was released.
The plot centered on a coastal California town where birds viciously attacked residents.