The thief who stole from a car wash

Bill owns a company that manufactures and installs car wash systems. These are complete systems that include not just the washing-drying-waxing machines, but also the money changer and money-taking machines.

Bill’s company installed a car wash system in Frederick, Maryland. The problem started when the new owner complained to Bill that he was losing significant amounts of money from his coin machines each week.

So they set up a video cam….

Look at the picture above again.

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 coins!

It’s a starling!

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 the humans identified the thieves, they found over $4,000 in quarters on the roof of the car wash and more under a nearby tree.

This gives new meaning to the term “nest egg”! 😀

And to think the expression “bird brain” is associated with being dumb. Not these birds. In fact, starlings are among the most intelligent of birds.

H/t FOTM’s beloved moxielouise!

See also my post on the baby starling I rescued, here.


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I wonder what they were doing with the coins.

lowtechgrannie lowtechgrannie
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When you think of the size of a $10 roll of quarters, that would amount to 400 rolls, a HUGE pile of change. Amazing!

Dave McMullen
Dave McMullen

We had a group of squirrels who were robbing the snack vending machines in a similar method..They weren’t after money they were after chips and candy bars


Too funny!


I guess they even understand how bad our economy is……lining your nest egg is never a bad thing.


Notice one thing: there isn’t a coin with Obama’s snarky mug on it yet. Once that happens, the birds will stop stealing the coins.