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Photo: via Spottaði Diego, FB.

Beloved Cat Banned From Grocery Store

Diegó, one of Iceland’s numerous celebrity cats and a somewhat permanent fixture in the Skeifan area of East Reykjavík, has been shown the door at a neighbourhood grocery store, MBL reports.

Due to health regulations, guide dogs are the only animals permitted to enter the grocery store Hagkaup, including the one in Skeifan, where Diegó could often be found. However, the store has no choice but to bar Diegó from entry, lest Hagkaup fall afoul of the law.

“It’s cold in the entrance and you can completely understand that an animal would seek warmth within,” store manager Gunn­ar Steinn Þórs­son told reporters, who added that he has contacted the owner and they were very understanding of the situation. “Cats just do as they please regardless of whether humans agree or not. He naturally hasn’t read any of the rules.”

Readers can rest assured that Diegó has many haunts in the area, though, as he is a regular guest at the office supply store A4, also in Skeifan.

Diegó has been a celebrity cat for many years now. So much so that when he was struck by a car in November 2022 it made national news, as did his inevitable recovery.

Sig­ur­borg Þóra Sig­urðardótt­ir, the store manager of A4, told reporters that Diegó is often waiting outside when employees show up to open the store, and will nap somewhere in the store throughout the day. In addition, if the dedicated Facebook group for fans of Diegó is any indication, he still visits Hagkaup–albeit venturing no further than the main entrance.

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