The adorable rescue cat, who resides permanently in the downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma, office of marketing company GuRuStu, has been gaining quite a bit of notoriety lately. He works like a regular feline employee during the day, delighted to provide his coworkers with a relaxing rest or to jump on their computer and write jumbled emails in their place.
Upon returning to work one morning, GuRuStu founder Stuart McDaniel noticed some cash on the floor near the glass door where Sir Whines-A-Lot likes to sunbathe and people-watch.
How the money got there was a mystery — one that only grew deeper.
“We had no idea why it kept happening, but it did. Therefore, we chose to put a theory to the test, McDaniel told The Dodo. When we attempted to slide cash through the door’s opening, the cat sprang up and grabbed it.
It turned out that Sir Whines-a-lot, who has complete control over the facility at night, had been buying all that money himself. And the cash simply kept coming in.
McDaniel surmised that Sir Whines-A-Lot had been luring passersby to the glass while his coworkers weren’t around, prompting them to try to interact with him through the slot. In that scenario, a bill would make for a convenient cat toy.
“I’m guessing the first people didn’t intend to lose their dollar,” McDaniel said. “They probably put it in to mess with him, and he snatched it. When you hold money there, he’ll bat at it playfully at first, like, ‘Oh, that’s kinda fun.’ But then all of a sudden he’ll bite it and rip it from your hand. He does it so fast, you don’t even realize what’s happened.”
Here’s video of Sir Whines-A-Lot in action.
In time, the cat’s cash-grabbing tendencies became a local attraction. Before long, more and more people began toying with Sir Whines-A-Lot with moola — moola that they ultimately lose.
“It’s become a game. It costs you a dollar to play, ’cause the cat’s going to get your money,” McDaniel said.
This game is so easy for Sir Whines-A-Lot, it must feel to him a bit like stealing.