Woolworths building design flaw leaves shoppers dodging poo

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A shopper has pointed out an architectural flaw at a Melbourne Woolworths that has resulted in a rather messy situation.

The baffled shopper shared a photo of the building design fail, which shows a flock of pigeons sitting in a overhang right above the entrance to Woolworths Chelsea.

While the pigeons appear comfortable, their position leaves something to be desired for customers entering the store and for Woolies employees who have to clean up piles of droppings left by the birds.

Pigeons sit in overhang outside Woolworths Chelsea
The shopper shared a photo of pigeons sitting in the overhang right above the entrance of Woolworths Chelsea. Source: Twitter/@MelbOnTransit

“Those who mock bad architecture will appreciate how poorly this Woolworths supermarket was designed,” wrote the Melburnian shopper on Twitter.

“A sub-roof edge finishes right above the main door. As a result pigeons have made it their home with a daily cleaning task for staff,” he explained.

In the accompanying photo, you can see the resident pigeons have been defecating right in the entry to the supermarket – possibly on the heads of customers.

External view of Woolworths supermarket entrance
The concerned customer said the pigeon problem has existed since the Woolworths Chelsea building was built around 2010. Source: Getty

The concerned customer went on to say that the “core problem is bad building design” and that it had existed since the building was constructed around 2010.

“Lengthening or shortening the overhang would fix the problem,” concluded the Melbourne man.

Woolworths reveals plans to relocate pigeons

Yahoo News Australia understands that the Woolworths Chelsea building is not owned or built by Woolworths Group.

A Woolworths spokesperson told Yahoo News Australia that the company is aware of the issue at the store and plans to relocate the pigeons.

“We take great pride in offering our customers a positive experience in our stores and we’re sorry this may not have been the case for some of our customers at our Chelsea store,” said the spokesperson.

Pigeons sitting on a roof
Woolworths is aware of the issue at the Chelsea store and plans to relocate the pigeons. Source: Getty

“We’re working closely with our facilities management team on a bird relocation program and conducting a thorough clean of the store entrance to ensure it is an inviting environment for our customers,” they added.

'Sell raincoats at the door': Aussies mock building design feature

Meanwhile, fellow Aussies couldn’t help but poke fun at the unique design feature at the Chelsea Woolies store.

“That’s a feature, not a bug,” joked one person.

While others pointed out the store could take advantage of the design flaw to make a profit on wet weather gear.

“Golden business opportunity would be to sell raincoats at the door,” commented another.

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