His eyes stayed glued to the bizarre exchange as he continued to pick at his meal. He was unaware that he was not the only one watching from afar.
He watched with wide eyes as the two men left the restaurant abruptly, it seemed as though the waiter was in trouble. The boss demanded that he open the trunk of his car. When he finally opened his trunk, his boss found the unimaginable.
Thomas Sutton was a communications manager who worked for an electricity firm in Fargo, North Dakota. He lived in the city for years and happily called it home.
Thomas was a man of routine so he was well-known around the area. He had his favorite restaurants, bars, and grocery stores that he visited frequently. In short, he was a welcomed regular and friendly face to many.
Just Another Day
It was just another Tuesday afternoon as Thomas headed into his local restaurant to grab some lunch. It was the same restaurant he went to every day at lunchtime. He loved it there.
It was like a slice of home to him. Like always, he took the window table at the back of the restaurant, facing the center of the room. He thought it would be like any other lunch break but he was wrong.
Over the years Thomas made friends with a lot of the staff and other regulars at the restaurant but there was one waiter that he never got the chance to get close to.
In fact, Thomas didn’t even know if he wanted to get to know him. He seemed a bit off. Yet, something about his demeanor intrigued him. Whenever he was working, Thomas would pay close attention to him.
Just as Thomas’ food came to his table, he heard customers ask for a waiter. They seemed pretty adamant that they wanted him to serve them. Confused, Thomas looked up and watched as the waiter he knew very little about came to their aid.
The customers were a middle-aged couple. Thomas watched the interaction with curiosity. Then something completely unexpected happened.
A Strange Exchange
Thomas watched in confusion as the waiter started to feed the woman something. Then he grabbed a tissue and wiped the woman’s mouth. Thomas looked around to see if anybody else saw what he just witnessed but nobody was watching.
Then he saw the waiter put something in her hand. It was small, round, and yellow in color. She put it in her pocket.
He continued to eat his meal, watching in quiet suspicion at the strange exchange. But he would soon learn, he wasn’t the only one.
Suddenly, the waiter’s boss barged into the scene and quickly pulled the waiter aside. There was tension between them as they spoke almost cheek to cheek. Thomas couldn’t be sure but it looked like the waiter was getting in trouble. The boss stormed out.
From Bad To Worse
Thomas watched the waiter’s face change. He immediately excused himself from the customers at the table in front of him and looked around nervously before dashing away.
He was in hot pursuit of his boss. He walked quickly as he tried to catch up to him. Thomas looked out the window to see the boss exit out the back door before the waiter followed him.
Thomas lifted his head further, peering outside the window to get a better look. He couldn’t hear anything so he paid extra attention to their body language to try to understand what was happening. But he never could have predicted this.
He watched the two men walk towards a navy truck. The boss stood in front of it and waited for the waiter to step forward. It looked like the boss was confirming with the waiter that this truck was his.
He could see the waiter nod, then the boss began to say something as he pointed at the truck. The waiter grabbed his keys and gave them to him and gestured him forward.
Thomas had no idea what was going on. By now he was finished eating, paid his bill, and got up to walk out. He didn’t know why but he just knew something crazy was about to go down.
Thomas stepped outside. He was parked beside the men who had no idea he had been watching them all
along. Thomas hung back close to the restaurant door, standing just within earshot of the two men. He
didn’t want to disrupt whatever was happening.
He watched in disbelief as the boss opened the trunk and uncovered what was stashed beneath.
The boss opened the waiter’s trunk and uncovered a trunk full to the brim of some kind of strange
substance. Thomas squinted his eyes trying to decipher what the strange items were.
He needed to get a closer look so he walked up slowly, staring at the trunk’s mysterious contents. Was he
witnessing a drug bust? The situation soon became clear.
A Whole Lot Of Walnuts
It was walnuts. There were so many walnuts that the trunk was just about overflowing with them.
When Thomas got closer, he heard what the two men were saying. And with a sigh, he realized that this
waiter wasn’t in trouble. Instead, he was being asked about the bizarre situation that stood in front of
them. Why was his truck full of nuts?
Thomas was bemused at the funny and unlikely story the waiter began to tell. Apparently, a red squirrel
had stacked up the waiter’s vehicle with his winter supply of nuts.
The waiter woke up to car trouble. When he opened the trunk, he was blown away by the squirrel's hard
work. But given the rush he was in to go to work, he didn’t have time to clear it out. Gossip spread.
News Spreads Fast
As it turned out, the waiter had told all his coworkers about the story behind this crazy scene and his boss
wanted to come out to see if it was true.
The waiter continued to tell him exactly how the squirrel was brave enough to decide his car was the best
place for storage. You see, he was away on vacation last week and left his car at his house. When he
returned and experienced some car trouble and found a stack of walnuts in his trunk. But what about his
strange behavior with the couple?
Sharing The Walnuts
The waiter had taken out some walnuts and showed the customers as proof of his story. When the
woman mentioned she wanted to try one, he popped one in her mouth. The couple and the waiter were
good friends, Thomas later learned.
They were so amused at the story that they were delighted to keep one of the red squirrels' long hard
work. But the story wasn’t over there.
Thomas approached the trunk and had a good look at the engine. He asked the waiter how many walnuts
were in there. The waiter chuckled and said he was going to empty it after his shift and let him know
He gave him his Facebook page to keep updated with his funny story. Apparently, this isn’t the first time
it’s happened to him.
Not The First Time
The waiter told Thomas that this happened every few years since he moved into his house that rests just
in front of a woodland. In his backyard, are two towering walnut trees that attract attention from the
wildlife that surrounds the area – especially, the squirrels!
But funnily enough, he’s the only neighbor that’s car gets targeted as a walnut storage facility.
North Carolina Squirrels
Red squirrels are very common in North Carolina, especially around the mountain ranges. Four of the two
hundred species of squirrel can be found in North Carolina; the common grey squirrel, red squirrel,
southeastern fox squirrel, and the flying squirrel.
The grey squirrel was even adopted as the state mammal in 1967. But they don’t come without their
Not only do some squirrels cause a little trouble for residents like the waiter but they also can carry
dangerous diseases and infections that can be transferred onto humans if you get too close.
Mange, cat scratch fever, typhus, and occasionally rabies are all something to keep an eye out for. They
also have a short life span of around 3 – 5 years so why do squirrels keep messing with the waiter’s car?
Social Media Update
As promised, the waiter uploaded a post to his social media account after he returned home from work. He wrote; “Conversion Mathematics. How many bushels can one red squirrel pick and store in 4 days?
Hint, look at how many 5-gallon buckets are in the pictures.
“Then add the full inner fenders that I don't have time today to clean out. Guessing another 1½ to 2
buckets there. Curiosity got me, the buckets have an average of 26 lbs in just walnut weight. Let me know
your answers and as always show your work”. His post blew up.
“That’s hilarious”, one person wrote while others gave their best shot at working out his funny equation. “Let’s see…..1 squirrel plus 4 days equals 156 lbs of walnuts. 48 lbs in a bushel would be 3.25 bushels of
walnuts and 1 dead squirrel”, another wrote.
“Give that squirrel a job application! What a hard worker!”, Thomas added. Then he discovered something
even more bizarre.
Thomas scrolled through the waiter’s feed to see more uploads from different years of the same situation
happening over and over again. Whenever he went on vacation and left his car at his house, there was a
good chance he might come home to a winter’s supply of freshly picked walnuts waiting for him in his car.
And they wouldn’t just be stored in his engine.
Often the squirrel would hide the nuts in crevices of his car like the left or right fenders. Often, it would
turn into an expensive affair as he would need to take the car to a garage to remove the parts and
retrieve the walnuts.
What he didn’t understand though is why it kept on happening, especially given that it must be different
Better Luck Next Time
The best Thomas could come up with was that it must have been a learned behavior passed from generation to generation of the squirrels in the area.
Thomas, however, wasn’t alone in the “nuts club.” There was a Wisconsin man who ended up having something far worse happen to his vehicle…
Martin Fennis might have breached the 80-year-old mark, but that didn’t mean he was ready to be put out to pasture.
His mind was as sharp as a young man’s and his eyesight was still thankfully 20/20. Among his many hobbies, driving was one of his passions.
He loved taking his ’56 Dodge Le Femme – lovingly named “Ol’ Lula” – out for a spin around town, stopping at the ice cream shop or bookstores.
But when the weather turned cold, it was time to tuck the little lady in the garage and bring out his sensible Honda Civic. While the car started just fine, he noticed something odd as he pulled out on to the street.
First, no matter how hard he stepped on the gas, he couldn’t get the car to go past 40.
Then, he heard a strange sound that could only be described as rattling – like someone had shoved a dozen maracas under his hood. Next came the nose-crinkling stench.
It started out gentle, nearly pleasant – so much that Martin had flashbacks to his mother packing peanut butter sandwiches in his lunch.
But quickly, the smell turned to a rancid, burned stench. The plan was to take his winter car in for a check up the next week, but as smoke started to creep out of the air vents, he quickly made a B-line for the closest garage.
Nuts … Sort Of
By the time he pulled into the lot, he was coughing his lungs out – and the mechanics racing out to help him (probably thinking the car was on fire).
But when one of them lifted the hood and waved the smoke away, he let out a bellowing laugh. Martin rushed over. He could believe his eyes.
Packed into every nook and cranny … were pinecones.
The jagged seed pods were literally everywhere! The workers chuckled as the pushed the Honda into the shop. But when they started to clean out the car, they got an even bigger surprise!
More In There
Everyone, including Martin, figured that was the culprit of the poorly performing vehicle.
But as the clean up progressed, and they workers made their way to the air filter, it seemed the mischievous squirrels had left him another gift – the entire line was packed with peanuts! But how?
The weren’t the kind that people would find in the supermarket – rather the ones that come in bird feed. Somehow the rascals were raiding surrounding feeders and stashing their spoils far deeper than the pinecones.
Martin sighed and slumped into a chair. It was clear he was going to have to wait a while. But how long did it take them to actually get every nutty morsel?
So Many Nuts
It took the workers more than 2 hours to clean out the car!
From pines cones to burnt peanuts riddled through the exhaust system, the final pile was impressive. But there was another matter that Martin had nearly forgotten. This was some animal’s winter food. He asked the workers to sweep up whatever wasn’t burnt and put it in a garbage bag.
Giving Them Back
When he got home, he put back the nuts that were in his car – but this time in a plastic box. He cut out a couple holes and left it in the corner of the garage.
Hopefully, they would still have their food, but leave his ‘Ol Lulu alone!