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This Sea Lion Browsed A Beach Gift Shop Like A Boss Tourist

The sea lion eventually left without any printed shot glasses or "Wish You Were Here" postcards.

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The Cave Store, a gift shop in La Jolla, California, is a tourist hot spot in the summer. But a few weeks ago, they got a special local customer — a resident sea lion.

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Store manager Rachelle Agosti was the only staff person at the store that evening when she heard a noise coming through the stairwell, she told BuzzFeed News

The store charges visitors to walk down the stairwell to a cave below. But Agosti said no customers had gone down into the cave.

"I heard it coming up the stairs and I was really confused about what that could be," she said. "That was a little startling until I saw it come up the stairs a few steps."

Surveillance footage shows the sea lion casually browsing the store's various trinkets and souvenirs as a few remaining customers watch it hop around.

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"It seemed a little confused, a little scared but not too badly," she said. "I've seen a lot more that were more scared and lot less healthy."


Meanwhile, Agosti said the store's cat watched the sea lion from a chair.

The sea lion hopped into the store's backyard and down a cliff where other sea lions gather to sunbathe.

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Agosti said that in the gift shop's entire 113-year history a sea lion has never made it successfully into the store. One sea lion got to the entrance of the store from the stairwell five years ago, but turned around when the owner opened the door.

"It definitely made closing the most interesting I've had here," said Agosti.

Leticia Miranda is a retail reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.

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