Alicia Jessop knew Friday was going to be a memorable day, but she didn't realize to what degree. The 34-year-old Pepperdine University professor planned to finally visit New England, hitting some of the last seven states she'd never been to, and try her first-ever lobster roll. What she didn't plan on was capturing a now-viral photo of the moment a seagull tried to snag her sandwich. "You hear stories of people taking crazy Instagram pictures and hurting themselves and I was like, 'Oh my God, you are now that person. You just wasted $21.50 for a picture,'" she says. Jessop's lobster roll quest took her to Fox's Lobster House in York, Maine, on Friday. She spent about 20 seconds framing her Instagram shot, maneuvering her hands holding the lobster roll so her phone could capture the sandwich and the Nubble Lighthouse in the background.
As she took the picture, she felt something rustle her hand. She immediately thought she dropped the lobster roll. "That's when I realized the seagull had swooped in," she says, per the AP. Before she had time to shoo the bird away, Jessop said it was already feasting on the lobster roll with "all of his friends." As she walked back to the lobster shack to get another roll, she flipped through her camera roll and burst into laughter, realizing the only photo she had was the exact moment the seagull had swooped in. She posted the picture on Twitter, saying, "This is why we can't have nice things." Within a half an hour, thousands of people had liked her post, which now has more than 202,000 likes. She did order and eat a second $21.50 lobster roll, and got photo proof. (A seagull stole his burger. His reaction got him a $124 fine.)