This is the bizarre moment a bear casually strolled into a 7-Eleven store and inadvertently triggered the hand sanitizing machine – as the shop assistant shouted at the animal to ‘get out’.
Rachelle Ducusin had been working at the convenience store in Olympic Valley, California, near Lake Tahoe, when the animal opened the shop door and wandered in on November 13.
Footage shows the bear accidentally activating the hand sanitizer machine which immediately dispenses a glob of the antibacterial liquid onto the bear’s head.
The bear casually walks into the 7-Eleven store in Olympic Valley, California, near Lake Tahoe, on November 13
The animal stands on its two feet and begins to peruse the shop as the store’s assistant screams
The bear continues to peruse the store and peers inside the ice cream freezer as the shop assistant shouts: ‘Oh my goodness. Hey! Stop!’
The animal, which can be seen with a yellow tag hanging from its right ear, stands on its two legs and continues to lean on the freezer as the store assistant continues to scream, yelling at the creature to ‘get out’.
It then appears to lose interest and looks towards the shop’s screaming employee while propped near the door.
Ms Ducusin told Storyful the bear charged at her twice outside the shop as she tried to stop it from accessing the shop’s garbage cans.
She was able to call 911 before the animal entered the store but the bear got away when the emergency services shot at it with rubber bullets.
Following the scenes, viewers took to social media to share their thoughts on the scenes.
One user wrote: ‘At least he sanitized. Twice.’
The remains propped by the door and leans on the freezer as the store assistant continues to scream
The animal peers inside the ice cream freezer before losing interest and looking at the store assistant
While another person added: ‘He just needs his bare necessities.’
Another viewer commented: ‘The bear literally came in politely, held the door and sanitized. What more do you want?’
Meanwhile another person joked: ‘That’s why I don’t go to 7 Eleven late at night, that’s when the trouble makers are there.’
In the past few decades California’s black bear population has grown and there are now believed to be between 30,000 and 40,000 living in the state.
Around 40 per cent of California’s black bears live in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, where Tahoe Vista is located.
The area has been badly affected in recent years by wildfires which have destroyed the habitat for much of the area’s wildlife.
The fires have also forced human inhabitants to evacuate, giving the bears free range in some communities.
In September, residents in Lake Tahoe said that bear activity was at an historic high since residents fled the resort town and surrounding areas in the face of wildfire Caldor.
Pictures and footage captured black bears boldly walking along streets, rifling through trashcans for food and even climbing up trees to raid them for apples.
This month Laurel-Rose Von Hoffmann-Curzi, 66, said she was ‘incredibly lucky’ to be alive after she was attacked by a black bear in Tahoe Vista and left with dozens of stitches.
Viewers took to social media to share their thoughts on the scenes, with one user saying: ‘At least he sanitized’
Ms Hoffmann-Curzi, said the beast lunged at her after she went into the kitchen to investigate loud noises and discovered the unwelcome visitor riffling through her freezer.
In July, Leah Davis Lokan, 65, of Chico, California, was on a long-distance bicycling trip and had stopped in the town of Ovando when she was killed by a grizzly bear that pulled her out of a tent.
Months earlier, a woman was eaten by grizzly bears as she walked her dogs near Durango, Colorado, on April 30.
Bears that frequently enter areas where humans live will occasionally be tagged by park rangers with a yellow tag.