At least he used the hand sanitizer! Moment bear opens door and wanders into a 7-11 – ignoring shop assistant’s frantic screams for it to get out
This is the moment a bear casually strolled into a 7-Eleven store and inadvertently triggered the hand sanitizing machine – as the shop assistant screamed at the animal to ‘get out’.
Rachelle Ducusin was working at the convenience store in Olympic Valley, California, near Lake Tahoe, on November 13 when the animal opened the shop door and wandered in.
As the bear ignores Ms Ducusin’s increasingly frantic shouts, it accidentally activates the hand sanitizer machine which dispenses a glob of the liquid onto its head.
The bear continues to peruse the store and peers inside the freezer as the shop assistant shouts: ‘Oh my goodness. Hey! Stop!’
The animal, which has a yellow tag in its right ear, stands on its back legs and continues to lean on the freezer as the store assistant continues to yell at the creature to ‘get out’.
It then looks towards the shop’s screaming employee while propped near the door.
Ms Ducusin said the bear had charged at her twice outside the shop as she tried to get it away from the garbage cans.
She called 911 before the animal entered the store and the bear fled when the emergency services shot at it with rubber bullets.
Following the scenes, viewers took to social media to share their thoughts.
One user wrote: ‘At least he sanitized. Twice.’
The remains propped by the door and leans on the freezer as the store assistant continues to scream
The animal peers inside the ice cream freezer before losing interest and looking at the store assistant
Another person added: ‘He just needs his bare necessities.’
Another viewer commented: ‘The bear literally came in politely, held the door and sanitized. What more do you want?’
Meanwhile another person joked: ‘That’s why I don’t go to 7 Eleven late at night, that’s when the trouble makers are there.’
In the past few decades California’s black bear population has grown and there are now believed to be between 30,000 and 40,000 living in the state.
Around 40 per cent of California’s black bears live in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where Olympic Valley is located.
The area has been badly affected in recent years by wildfires which have destroyed the habitat for much of the area’s wildlife.
Viewers took to social media to share their thoughts on the scenes, with one user saying: ‘At least he sanitized’
The fires have also forced human inhabitants to evacuate, giving the bears free range in some communities.
In September, residents in Lake Tahoe said that bear activity was at an historic high since residents fled the resort town and surrounding areas in the face of wildfire Caldor.
Pictures and footage captured black bears boldly walking along streets, rifling through trashcans for food and even climbing up trees to raid them for apples.
This month Laurel-Rose Von Hoffmann-Curzi, 66, said she was ‘incredibly lucky’ to be alive after she was attacked by a black bear in Tahoe Vista and left with dozens of stitches.
Ms Hoffmann-Curzi, said the beast lunged at her after she went into the kitchen to investigate loud noises and discovered the unwelcome visitor riffling through her freezer.
Bears that frequently enter areas where humans live will occasionally be tagged by park rangers with a yellow tag.