The tiny eight-foot space is perfect for pub punters and features a shiny metal pole, a disco light, a mirror, a Bluetooth speaker and zebra-skin furnishings
Image: Rob Braddick)
Many of us know how much of a problem seagulls are.
The psychotic flying scumbags show no mercy in their pursuit of a chip – prompting one pub landlord to take action.
Rob Braddick, 50, a business owner from Westward Ho!, Devon, installed a series of beach huts in his pub garden at the Waterfront Inn.
Designed to keep punters eating meals safe from the winged menaces, Rob decided to jazz up one of the tiny spaces by turning it into the world’s smallest lapdancing club.
The tiny hut – nicknamed Spearmint Seagull – features a pole, zebra soft furnishings, a disco light, purple LED lights and a Bluetooth speaker.
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It also includes a beaded curtain to offer some privacy to any pubgoers brave enough to strip off in the seagull-themed club.
Signs inside the eight-foot space say ‘gulls, gulls, gulls’ and ‘gulls just wanna have fun,’ while metal gulls have been installed on top.
Speaking to the Mirror, Rob said the space had gone down extremely well with punters – including a local swimmer who bravely tested out the pole.
He said: “I’ve always been a bit of a pranker. We were building an extension for a pub to add on some seating areas.
“We just wanted to have a bit of fun. We have so much trouble with seagulls swooping down for chips so we wanted to create something to get them away from the chips.
“It was purely for a bit of a giggle. I don’t think there’s anything like this out there. It’s just nice to have a laugh and see people smiling, especially over the past two years.
“We just like to do things different down here.
Rob previously hit the headlines after adding toilet roll, soap and hand sanitiser as prizes in grabber machines when covid struck.
The business owner owns Ho Barts Amusement Arcade and noticed that stocks of toilet roll were running low in his local supermarket.
He then decided to buy as many as he could, and used his stock to replace the toys and teddy bears in his grabbing machines.
At the time, he joked: “We evicted the character from Frozen and the Peter Rabbit teddy bears and replaced them with hand sanitiser and toilet rolls.
“We also have a large machine that used to have a Spider Man doll, but now there is a large Curex soap in there – that’s the Rolls-Royce of hand sanitisers.”
And in 2016 he become a local hero by taking over a seaside car park from the council and making it free.
Rob announced he had scrapped the £3-a-day charge after acquiring the lease on the Seafield Car Park.
He said he wanted to ‘give something back’ to the community and boost local trade – including his own pub nearby.
The move to make parking free has instantly made Mr Braddick the most popular person in the seaside resort, with messages of praise posted online.
At the time, he said: ‘I am thrilled to complete the deal. We have been in business here for around 70 years as a family and we just wanted to give a little something back.
‘I live in Westward Ho! and my business is very close to the car park. Parking is an issue here – as it is everywhere – and there is no other free car parking close by.