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Despite Being Frequently Kicked Out, Cat Insists on Overlording a London Supermarket

Olly Oliver presides over Sainsbury's from his perch atop the shelves | Image: Nigel Thornberry

If you happen to be a regular shopper at the Brockley location of Sainsbury’s market in London, chances are that you're not hostile toward the idea of having a cat hanging out with your prospective food purchases. Because Olly Oliver, the six-year-old cat pictured above, is a fairly regular installment.

He may live in the house next door, but Olly obviously prefers the action, company and interesting smells of Sainsbury's to his quiet home. Though a spokesperson for the market calls the cat a health and safety risk and says he's been removed from the premises multiple times, Olly, who is popular with the store staff, still manages to accrue significant hang time.

See a video and more pictures of this unlikely food spokesman — including a shot of him curled up with his brother — here. 

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in the 80's i worked at a little health food store in baltimore that had mostly bulk stock in small lidded barrels. one thing baltimore has PLENTY of is rats. regulations required regular spraying of poison around the basically open bins of food, not something the owner or the customers wanted. solution: owner just gave the spray guy a small bribe every month to insure the paperwork said the crap had been applied to satisfy the inspector. kept a cat there to do the actual work, never saw rats or mice. our law abiding neighbors were constantly battling the little furry buggers cause they eat poison for breakfast with a smile. but rats can't develop an immunity to being disembowelled by a huge predator.
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When you have a lot of food stored, you're going to have one of three things:
1. mice and rats
2. lots of pesticide
3. a cat
I think I prefer the cat. Of course I do, I have four of them. And no rats.
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