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Snake Bites Man in Walmart
Asia One ^ | 07.08.2008 | Asia One

Posted on 07/07/2008 10:49:08 PM PDT by Coffee200am

MIAMI, US - A POISONOUS rattlesnake hidden among leafy plants in the garden section of US retail giant Walmart sprung out and bit a man who was shopping there, a company spokeswoman said on Monday.

The man was hospitalised after the 30-centimeter pygmy rattlesnake bit him in the right hand while he was perusing the plants at the store in Pembroke Pines, Florida, about 50 kilometers north of Miami.

'This is an isolated incident and we're taking precautions to make sure that it doesn't happen again,' Walmart spokeswoman Ms Ashley Hardie said.

'To ensure the well-being of our customers, we immediately closed the garden centre to enable animal control to do a thorough search of the area. The garden centre was re-opened once we were convinced it was safe to do so.'

The Miami Herald newspaper reported that the man received intravenous anti-venom treatment at Miramar Hospital and was expected to make a full recovery.

The pygmy rattlesnake's poisonous bite could be fatal for an elderly person or small child, medics said. -- AFP


TOPICS: Culture/Society; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: snake; walmart; yikes
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1 posted on 07/07/2008 10:49:08 PM PDT by Coffee200am
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To: Coffee200am

I hate it when that happens.


2 posted on 07/07/2008 10:49:47 PM PDT by Redcloak ("Yes, I have been drinking. Why do you ask?" #1 on the list of "Things heard from McCain voters")
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To: Coffee200am
Getting bit in the Walmart is really painful.
3 posted on 07/07/2008 10:50:18 PM PDT by JennysCool
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To: Coffee200am
“Snake Bites Man in Walmart”

Serves him right, letting his walmart hang out like that...

4 posted on 07/07/2008 10:51:26 PM PDT by decal ("You should make a point of trying every experience once, excepting incest and folk dancing.")
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To: Coffee200am

That made my walmart hurt!


5 posted on 07/07/2008 10:51:56 PM PDT by Randy Larsen (Arrogance IS my virtue!)
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To: JennysCool

It’s not as bad as being bitten in the Target.


6 posted on 07/07/2008 10:53:06 PM PDT by TheWasteLand
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To: Coffee200am

7 posted on 07/07/2008 10:53:49 PM PDT by Stonewall Jackson (Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory. - George Patton)
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To: JennysCool

That was my first thought, I was wondering what body part walmart is. I may have been born without one.....???


8 posted on 07/07/2008 10:54:10 PM PDT by La Enchiladita (Typical gringa.)
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To: Coffee200am

Seeing a venomous snake pop out at me at Walmart of all places would near give me a heart attack.


9 posted on 07/07/2008 10:57:53 PM PDT by Pinkbell (Don't blame me, I supported Duncan Hunter.)
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To: JennysCool

At least it didn’t get him in the Kohls.


10 posted on 07/07/2008 11:02:28 PM PDT by scott7278 ("Before I give you the benefit of my reply, I would like to know what we are talking about.")
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To: Coffee200am

Was the rattlesnake made in China?


11 posted on 07/07/2008 11:15:53 PM PDT by max americana
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To: JennysCool

12 posted on 07/07/2008 11:24:00 PM PDT by dighton
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To: max americana
Was the rattlesnake made in China?

I dunno. Did the guy get lead poisoning?

13 posted on 07/07/2008 11:25:53 PM PDT by TheWasteLand
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To: Coffee200am
As Forrest Gump said:

Snakes happen!

14 posted on 07/07/2008 11:39:01 PM PDT by jws3sticks (Hillary can take a very long walk on a very short pier, anytime, and the sooner the better!)
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To: Coffee200am
'This is an isolated incident and we're taking precautions to make sure that it doesn't happen again,' Walmart spokeswoman Ms Ashley Hardie said.

Thats what they all say

15 posted on 07/07/2008 11:42:25 PM PDT by woofie
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To: JennysCool

Well, since Wal-Mart will probably foot the bill it will save him or his insurance company close to 200K.


16 posted on 07/07/2008 11:46:24 PM PDT by tiki (True Christians will not deliberately slander or misrepresent others or their beliefs)
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To: Redcloak
Worse than a Møøse bite.
17 posted on 07/07/2008 11:52:39 PM PDT by ASA Vet
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To: Redcloak
ROFL! Pembroke Pines made international news! LOL

I grew up there before joining the Marines and moving to CA. The most exciting thing to happen would be a senior citizen having a hart attack on a golf course.

18 posted on 07/07/2008 11:55:38 PM PDT by chaos_5
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To: Coffee200am

The garden center (even if it is indoors) is usually open to the elements in some way. As plants need sunlight there is very little that could be done on Wal-Marts part to prevent this. But I am sure 10 lawyers beat him to the ER as everyone wants to bring down Wal-Mart.


19 posted on 07/08/2008 12:18:25 AM PDT by LukeL (Yasser Arafat: "I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize")
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To: Coffee200am
Did he put the snake in the shrubery?
Lie detector is advised.. and back ground check..
Could be a scam..
20 posted on 07/08/2008 12:24:32 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: Coffee200am

Probably will be a lawsuit.
But IMO Wal Mart should only be liable for actual medical expenses.
There is NO way such a freak occurrence can be prevented or anticipated.

Sh*t happens.


21 posted on 07/08/2008 12:27:58 AM PDT by Bobalu (What do I know, I'm a Typical White Guy)
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To: Coffee200am
I could bet there was a very similar article on FR around 2 years ago. Someone was struck by some snake in a Walmart. Guess it helps to watch where you place your hand, even in 'safe' places.

At least, all's well that ends well. Hopefully the cytotoxic venom did not mess too much of his hand functionality, and the pygmy is not as venomous as some of its other crotalid cousins. Could have been worse ....couple of years ago a Chicago firefighter was killed when he was struck by an African Gabon viper that someone had kept as a pet (if i recall correctly, the firefighter had gotten inside the house for some work-related reason, and the snake was free some how). Died the most gruesome death imaginable (trust me, getting bit by a large African viper, e.g. the Puff adder, Gabon or the Rhinocerous) is NOT the best way to go. The sad thing is they couldn't even get anti-venin in time.

Again, watch where you place your hand. A second of caution can be quite valuable ....and this is the case even when we are not talking about snakes. A second to look around when pulling up your driveway, crossing the street, getting inside the bank will probably not make a difference, but when it DOES it will make one HECK of a difference.

22 posted on 07/08/2008 12:40:41 AM PDT by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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To: Coffee200am

And I thought the only thing that bit you at Walmart these days was the greatly reduced service. What happened to employees that led you to an item in the store when you asked where it was? No longer.


23 posted on 07/08/2008 1:06:31 AM PDT by gogov
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To: Coffee200am

Why can’t I be that lucky? Real headline should be: “Lucky B*st*rd Wins Lottery!


24 posted on 07/08/2008 3:10:43 AM PDT by Soliton (Investigate, study, learn, then express an opinion)
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To: Soliton

25 posted on 07/08/2008 3:46:59 AM PDT by Coffee200am
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To: spetznaz
Imagine getting bit by the Gaboon Viper. Ouchie!

And someone kept it as a pet?

26 posted on 07/08/2008 4:37:40 AM PDT by Maigrey (Life, for a liberal, is one never-ending game of Calvinball. - giotto)
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To: spetznaz
Imagine getting bit by the Gaboon Viper. Ouchie!

And someone kept it as a pet?

27 posted on 07/08/2008 4:37:41 AM PDT by Maigrey (Life, for a liberal, is one never-ending game of Calvinball. - giotto)
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To: Coffee200am

The snake traveled all the way from China?


28 posted on 07/08/2008 5:13:33 AM PDT by JackDanielsOldNo7 (On guard until the seal is broken)
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To: Coffee200am

Shouldn’t the rattler been in the baby section?


29 posted on 07/08/2008 5:23:16 AM PDT by TonyM (E)
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To: chaos_5

hart attack on a golf course.?.................

30 posted on 07/08/2008 5:23:45 AM PDT by Red Badger (If we drill deep enough, we can reach the Saudi oil fields from THIS side..........)
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To: hosepipe

I think it is a scam myself. Probably had the snake in his pocket and let the snake to bite him to collect on a premeditated law suit.

Rattlesnakes are not Walmart shoppers and is a highly suspect domicile for one being placed there by a lawsuit scamming customer.

Just The Facts,
NSNR


31 posted on 07/08/2008 5:26:31 AM PDT by No Surrender No Retreat (Xin Loi My Boy!!!!)
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To: Pinkbell

Stepped with bare feet out my back door last evening at dusk to move a shovel; heard the whrrrr. Could tell it was not right at my feet so stepped back in and got my boots and a flashlight. Disposed of the 24 inch prairie rattler about ten feet from my back door. Have the “trophy” to remind me this AM.

Yes my heart rate was way up for a while...and as I had had the door open for an hour or so now I’m looking around corners in the house.


32 posted on 07/08/2008 5:48:59 AM PDT by Dust in the Wind (Praying for Reign)
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To: Coffee200am

Wal-mart is losing initiative. I’d charge $9.95 per bite.


33 posted on 07/08/2008 6:08:53 AM PDT by arderkrag (Libertarian Nutcase (Political Compass Coordinates: 9.00, -2.62 - www.politicalcompass.org))
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To: scott7278; sit-rep; Squantos; Eaker

Other places I wouldn’t want to get bit:

The Gap

The Banana Republic

The Gum


34 posted on 07/08/2008 6:14:43 AM PDT by Larry Lucido
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To: La Enchiladita

Wimmen don’t have WalMarts. They have Gaps.


35 posted on 07/08/2008 6:17:55 AM PDT by CholeraJoe (Guarding humanity against things that go bump in the night.)
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To: Coffee200am
This seems to be an active year for snakes.

A few weeks ago my widowed aunt called me to get rid of a big rattler crossing her yard -- because her frail 90-year-old sister was "fixin' to go get a hoe and kill it"...

And, Friday morning, while surveying control points for an archaeological dig, I was "jumped" by a big rattler (body larger than my fist -- with 13 rattles). The HK P7 made quick work of that one...

I brought it home to show to our granddaughters, (what to avoid) and one of our guests said, "Now I see why you go armed -- even out in the woods where there probably aren't any two-legged 'snakes'..."

36 posted on 07/08/2008 7:02:53 AM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...!!)
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To: TXnMA

We saw one crossing the road in front of our apartment building from the creek last week. That was unusual. We see possums and raccoons come out of there but never snakes. This the middle of Dallas.


37 posted on 07/08/2008 7:06:09 AM PDT by Coffee200am
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To: No Surrender No Retreat
In my experience, it would be an exceptionally rare human who would deliberately let a venomous snake bite themselves..

As for me, when I encounter one "up close and personal", I reflexively levitate and emulate a Star Trek "Transporter" client -- while drawing my sidearm in mid-air...

38 posted on 07/08/2008 7:09:20 AM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...!!)
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To: Coffee200am
Snake Bites Man in Walmart

I've never heard it called that before!

39 posted on 07/08/2008 7:11:22 AM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Vayiftach HaShem 'et-pi ha'aton vato'mer leVil`am meh-`asiti lekha ki hikkitani zeh shalosh regalim?)
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To: TXnMA

A couple years ago our receptionists brother was golfing with a friend. The friend found and picked up a small rattlesnake which he proceeded to hand, with far to much “business end” loose, to the brother. He got bitten on the thumb. Approximately 30 bags of antivenom (at about $1,000 a pop) and a week plus at the hospital later he managed to pull through.

He had a hideous reaction, for about 3 days it was up in the air as to whether or not he’d live.

While I wouldn’t necessarily just kill them out of hand, it seems most people think that the consequences of messing with them is equivalent to a bad bee sting and it’s NOT, it’s far more of a life or death situation than most realize...


40 posted on 07/08/2008 7:20:56 AM PDT by Axenolith (Brother, Can you spare a tagline?)
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To: Coffee200am

Had this happen locally in a Hobby Lobby. It apparently was an Asian variety, never heard whether poisonous or not.

I work in a Walmart warehouse. Never have seen a snake nor has anyone I know of, but I still stay alert. Too many trips to Alabama to see the relatives when I was a kid I guess.


41 posted on 07/08/2008 7:37:49 AM PDT by Free Vulcan (No prisoners. No mercy. Fight back or STFU!!!)
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To: La Enchiladita; Allegra; big'ol_freeper; Lil'freeper; TrueKnightGalahad; blackie; Larry Lucido; ...
Re: Snake Bites Man in Walmart

I was wondering what body part walmart is. I may have been born without one.....???

Gadzooks, I've always wondered... when the headline says "Womna shot and bullet is in her yet," I wish to know where in the hell is a woman's yet?

42 posted on 07/08/2008 7:55:10 AM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Bender2

I once kissed a woman on the veranda.


43 posted on 07/08/2008 8:07:10 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Tagline Removed by Moderator)
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To: Jeff Chandler
Re: I once kissed a woman on the veranda.

Pshaw, Jeff! I can believe kissing her on her stoop or her porch, but her veranda? Never! That's not only perverted, it is unsanitary!

44 posted on 07/08/2008 8:40:58 AM PDT by Bender2 ("I've got a twisted sense of humor, and everything amuses me." RAH Beyond this Horizon)
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To: Stonewall Jackson

We found a little Western Diamondback in our garage a few months ago. Bad tempered little thing.


45 posted on 07/08/2008 8:47:07 AM PDT by rustbucket
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To: rustbucket

When we first moved into our house there was a copperhead den just a few hundred feet from us. In the first year we lived here, I want to say we ended up killing four or five copperheads in our yard and our neighbor killed two in his garage.


46 posted on 07/08/2008 9:16:36 AM PDT by Stonewall Jackson (Accept the challenges so that you can feel the exhilaration of victory. - George Patton)
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To: Stonewall Jackson
I want to say we ended up killing four or five copperheads in our yard and our neighbor killed two in his garage.

Well, if you want to, then go ahead and say it. :-)

47 posted on 07/08/2008 9:17:42 AM PDT by TChris ("If somebody agrees with me 70% of the time, rather than 100%, that doesn't make him my enemy." -RR)
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To: Larry Lucido
"Other places I wouldn’t want to get bit:"

Obviously you've never been bitten in the Autozone or the Blimpie.

48 posted on 07/08/2008 9:22:00 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Bobalu
Wal Mart should only be liable for actual medical expenses.

How about lost income from missing work and if it is like here he will have to get a lawyer to git anything from walmart so we have lawyer fees

A lot of the awards the corporations like walmart brings on themselves.

49 posted on 07/08/2008 9:23:10 AM PDT by mouser (run the rats out its the only hope we have)
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To: Bender2
I wish to know where in the hell is a woman's yet?

Didn't they cover that in health Class?
50 posted on 07/08/2008 9:32:40 AM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four fried chickens and a coke)
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