Two of the aquatic birds took a fancy to Sushi Bi, in Wellington New Zealand, and forced their way into a warm spot under the shop.
The shop owners discovered them as they were opening up at about 6.30am and called the police.
The pair were temporarily taken into custody by Wellington police before being released back into Wellington Harbour.
Police sources said the “waddling vagrants were removed from their sushi stand refuge earlier today by Constable John Zhu“.
Despite having been told not to come back the adorable pests made their way across a busy road and into the sushi bar a second time later that day.
“The waddling vagrants were removed from their sushi stand refuge earlier today by Constable John Zhu”
Wini Morris, who works at Sushi Bi, told Radio New Zealand that the birds probably took a fancy to the air conditioning vents beneath the shop, because they are nice and warm.
She said: “It’s pretty insane the idea that some penguins are camping out under your shop.
“But it’s adorable I think – they’re probably terrified but it’s adorable.”
The Department of Conservation removed them a second time but, they warned, it might not be the last.
DOC volunteer Mike Rumble, who helped remove the penguins the second time, told Radio New Zealand that it was wishful thinking to hope they’d stay in the waterfront nesting box they had been given.
He said: “It’s a natural characteristic of the penguins – they will always return to where they possibly were nesting.
“That’s why here, tonight, even though this is a good 200m to 300m away, I wouldn’t be surprised if the owner of the sushi bar says ‘they’re back’.”
The birds tend to pair up and start looking for likely nesting sites at around this time of year.
DOC Wellington operations manager Jack Mace warned locals not to get too close, as the penguins can deliver a nasty bite.
Meanwhile, closer to home in Nottingham, a bloke who bought two penguins from someone on Facebook has had to return them to the zoo they were stolen from.
Reece Oliver, a show jumper from Strelley in Notts., bought the two Humbolt penguins in early January after seeing them advertised on Facebook.