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The Following Is Flying Through the Net

The Following Is Flying Through the Net. It's called "A Good Story." There is another explanation at the end:

Bill owns a company that manufactures and installs car wash systems. (Magic Wand Car Wash Systems, just in case you want to buy one.) Bill's company installed a car wash system in Frederick, MD. Now understand that these are complete systems, including the money changer and money taking machines.

The problem started when the new owner complained to Bill that he was losing significant amounts of money from his coin machines each week. He went as far as to accuse Bill's employees of having a key to the boxes and ripping him off. Bill just couldn't believe that his people would do that, so they setup a camera to catch the thief in action. Well, they did catch him on film!

That's a bird sitting on the change slot of the machine.

The bird had to go down into the machine, and back up inside to get to the money!

That's three quarters he has in his beak! Another amazing thing is that it was not just one bird - there were several working together. Once they identified the thieves, they found over $4000 (sic) in quarters on the roof of the car wash and more under a nearby tree.

Dear Readers: This was not larceny. English Starlings are known as the "Romans" of the bird world. They work as a team and are very smart and love cavities for nesting. This must have looked like a nester's dream, except for being bombed by quarters. They don't give up easily.

-- Wild Birds for the 21st Century

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