Customers who stopped by the Echo Park Starbucks this morning were surprised to find the shop closed and a large thermos placed outside with free coffee. An employee of the Starbucks – located inside a Lucy’s laundry – said the store closed Thursday at 5 P.M. after a possum was spotted in the backroom. Could it have been a large rat? Nope. “Oh, it’s a possum,” said the employee emphatically. A laundry employee said he also saw a possum, which is believed to have entered the building at Sunset Boulevard and Mohawk Street through a doorway. A trap was set for the animal last night. But this morning the bait was gone and the cage was empty. Laundry manager Maria Sanchez said she has seen coyotes wander outside the building but never a possum. “Very intelligent,” Sanchez said of possums.
After making sure the animal was gone, the Starbucks employee said she received approval to reopen the store early this afternoon. Customers could help themselves to free coffee until the store reopens – unless of course that possum comes back for a refill.