Lowe’s Shopper Bit In The Head By ‘Python-Like’ Snake (VIDEO)

A Lowe’s customer got a nasty surprise while he was shopping for cupboards in a Corinth, Mississippi store. A four-foot long, python-like snake lunged out of the cupboard, biting him “right between the eyes.” The non-poisonous snake latched onto the man’s head and refused to let go. Paramedics who arrived at the scene were forced to cut the snake in half before finally prying its jaws loose from the man’s head.

Reporters from WHBQ, Fox 13, in Memphis, described the incident during a January 19 broadcast.

When asked about the incident, Chris Baker, a snake handler employed at the Memphis Zoo told WLOX:

“The best scenario that I could give you as to why you’d have a snake there is that it hitchhiked a shipment from a warmer climate.”

The unidentified Lowe’s customer is not the first person to be bitten by a snake in a big box store. In 2010, a Florida man was bitten by a pygmy rattlesnake at another Lowe’s, located in Ocala. Another shopper was bitten by an Eastern rattlesnake, while shopping at a Lowes in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

Similar incidents have happened at various Wal-Mart locations, as well. In 2012, a Lewiston, Idaho man was bitten by a rattlesnake while shopping for mulch at a Wal-Mart in Clarkston, Washington. Last year a man, who was carrying his infant son at the time, was bitten by a pygmy rattlesnake inside a Wal-Mart store in Florida. In 2009, Richitelli filed suit against Wal-Mart after he, too, was bitten by a pygmy rattlesnake while shopping at a store located in Pembroke Pines. Richitelli was the third person to be bitten in a Florida Wal-Mart in three years. A year later, Marion and Charles Jarrell filed suit against Wal-Mart after Mrs. Jarrell was bitten by “a large black snake” at a store in Duvall, Florida.

It isn’t only snakes that have attacked shoppers in recent years. A 37-year old shopper had to be treated for rabies after she was bitten by a bat at a Wal-Mart in Round Rock, Texas. A second woman was also bitten by a bat in the same location. Another Texas woman was treated for rabies after being bitten by a bat while shopping at a Home Depot store, in Longview.

In June, a man was bitten by a scorpion while shopping for bananas at a Wal-Mart in St. Louis, Missouri. Scorpion-infested bananas are not as isolated of an incident as we would like to believe.

Over the winter of 2013, poisonous black widow spiders also became a health hazard for grocery shoppers across the midwest. The spiders came in on grapes which were shipped to various stores in four states, Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota. The spiders were reported in Aldi, Kroger and Cotsco among other grocery outlets.

While it isn’t unheard of for local wildlife to infiltrate homes and businesses, the chances of an unwanted invader being discovered before it harms someone decrease as the size of the store increases. Big box stores like Wal-Mart and Lowes seem to have an especially difficult time detecting and preventing problems before they strike someone in the face.


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