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New Security System Catches Intruder

Posted: 3 November 2011 at 9:54 a.m.

We have always felt strongly about security at our office and we felt an upgraded security system would be advantageous. Boy, were we right! The system was installed yesterday and it has already paid off. This morning, we received a report showing there was activity in our building late last night. Our staff reviewed the video and found we had indeed had an intruder! It was the scariest, most fearsome bird we had ever seen! Well, maybe not. The poor, little bird must have flown in sometime yesterday while our shipping doors were open.


A specialized team of bird catchers (Superior staff) made attempts to guide the bird through our warehouse by trotting down the aisles, waving their hands like a 70’s-style disco. As each plan failed, we put our belief in kaizen (continuous improvement) to the test. Our attempts were nearly successful and then the bird would fly all the way across the building again and we’d start at square one. Each attempt added new ideas and tactics.


Our final, successful attempt required the effort of about 6 people. One person operated the lights for the warehouse, while others waved brooms to direct the bird towards the exit. We turned off all the lights and left a light on near our large shipping door. As we pushed the bird to a new area, we’d turn off the lights in the previous area. Eventually, the only light visible was that of the outside world. Success! The bird found the exit and flew away.


Other attempts included plates of bird seed, bird calling, bird whisperers, mind-reading, reverse psychology, aerodynamic physics, and human-to-bird telepathy.

Bird Intruder

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  • 7. Sunni @ Love Affair with my Brother (12 November 2011 at 8:43 p.m.)

    Thank goodness you apprehended the criminal! Instead of a cat burglar, you had a bird burglar!
  • 6. Margaret Hunt (07 November 2011 at 6:51 p.m.)

    Well done Superior staff. Nice to see how caring you all are. And for the Company, thank you for supporting your staff. Sales are important but as you know, you get a lot more out of staff who feel like they can take some time out of work to help someone or something. Cheers to you all!
  • 5. Dawn (06 November 2011 at 7:25 p.m.)

    Bless your hearts for taking the time and effort to see the birdie to safety. A lot of folks would have just left it to starve and dehydrate and would have swept it up when it died. You all have my kudos!! :o)
  • 4. Samala Ray (05 November 2011 at 10:59 a.m.)

    You guys always make me smile. I'm glad the birdie is safe, and hope that is the worst you all have to deal with in the way of 'intruders'.
  • 3. English Geek (03 November 2011 at 11:51 a.m.)

    "Our final, successful attempt required the effort of about 6 people." Now, why would you have more than ONE successful attempt? You have more than one poor scared-witless birdie?
  • 2. Christy Howell (03 November 2011 at 10:23 a.m.)

    I sure wish I had pulled out my camera and got some video of you guys to put on YouTube.
  • 1. Ricci (03 November 2011 at 10:05 a.m.)

    I can't imagine how big those mops have to be if we ever have a "real" burglar!!! Ricci Feeling oh so safe at Superior Threads

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