Man finally has 17-year hotel ban lifted after legendary seagull pepperoni incident

Nick Burchill is now allowed to return to the Fairmount Empress hotel in Victoria, Canada, after asking nicely for them to lift the ban they imposed in 2001 – here’s what happened:

It started when he took a suitcase full of spicy pepperoni to his luxury hotel suite and left it to cool on the windowsill, to stop it from going warm.

He then left the pepperoni unsupervised, and returned to find his worst nightmare, “a tornado of seagull excrement, feathers, pepperoni chunks and fairly large birds whipping around the room. The lamps were falling. The curtains were trashed."

What had happened was, 40 or so seagulls were attracted to the treat he left on his windowsill, and they all swooped in to tear into it. But when they got into his room through the small gap in the window, they struggled to escape, so Burchill returned to a room full of panicking birds. He eventually got all the birds out of his room using shoes, towels and whatever was available, but the mess they left was indescribable - pepperoni does not agree with the seagull digestive system.

Needless to say, the hotel was not happy – the room was completely trashed, and to make it worse, one of Burchill’s shoes flew out of the window, hitting customers arriving for a very fancy afternoon tea.

Thankfully, Burchill has apologised to the hotel and is allowed to stay there once more. I hope he leaves his pepperoni at home next time.