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Florida Man Sues Wal-Mart Over In-Store Snake Attack
Fox ^ | Feb 15, 2009

Posted on 02/16/2009 10:40:11 AM PST by RDTF

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A 42-year-old man bitten by a snake in a Pembroke Pines Wal-Mart garden center is suing the company for negligence.

Jay Richitelli says he is the third Floridian in three years to be attacked in a Wal-Mart by a pygmy rattler.

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TOPICS: US: Florida
KEYWORDS: lawsuit; walmart
yikes
1 posted on 02/16/2009 10:40:11 AM PST by RDTF
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To: RDTF

I guess Walmart will need to post signs in its Garden Centers “Caution: Watch for venomous snakes” and “Caution: Do not play with snakes in Garden Center” and “Warning: Do Not Pet Snakes”.


2 posted on 02/16/2009 10:43:41 AM PST by VRWCmember
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To: RDTF

3 posted on 02/16/2009 10:44:02 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: RDTF

“........company should have taken steps to prevent the attacks after they happened before.”

What a brilliant piece of writing. /s


4 posted on 02/16/2009 10:44:34 AM PST by EggsAckley
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To: RDTF

Yet, he keeps returning. Must not have hurt too much.


5 posted on 02/16/2009 10:45:03 AM PST by ataDude (My incredulity has already turned into disillusionment and is now turning into hatred.)
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To: RDTF
Richitelli says he still has respiratory problems and scars from the 2008 bite. But he's been back to Wal-Mart several times, saying their prices are too good to shop elsewhere.

Reminds me of a Southpark episode.
6 posted on 02/16/2009 10:46:25 AM PST by Pantera
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To: RDTF

“Clean-up on aisle 5.”


7 posted on 02/16/2009 10:47:21 AM PST by gigster
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To: VRWCmember
Warning: Do Not Pet Snakes

But, is it okay to spank the monkeys?

8 posted on 02/16/2009 10:47:31 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (FreepMail me if you want on the Bourbon ping list!)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

As long as you don’t sue just because you went blind as a result.


9 posted on 02/16/2009 10:48:37 AM PST by VRWCmember
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To: RDTF

“Jay Richitelli says he is the third Floridian in three years to be attacked in a Wal-Mart by a pygmy rattler.”

Calling them pygmy’s hurts their feelings. No wonder he was bitten.


10 posted on 02/16/2009 10:48:43 AM PST by Hacklehead (Liberalism is the art of taking what works, breaking it, and then blaming conservatives.)
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To: RDTF

“Jay Richitelli says he is the third Floridian in three years to be attacked in a Wal-Mart by a pygmy rattler.”

I’d say that if he was a pygmy Floridian then he might have a case.


11 posted on 02/16/2009 10:48:54 AM PST by Leg Olam (my gurlfrnd syas my tyipgns as goood as my sex)
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To: RDTF

Why does he live in FL? They have the biggest rattlers and cottonmouths down there. Ought to be thankful he’s not really hurt.


12 posted on 02/16/2009 10:50:51 AM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: RDTF

I remember a guy was bitten in the Wal-Mart in Ft. Walton Bch. He said he didn’t intend to sue but thought they should pay his medical bills.

I have no idea if they did or not.


13 posted on 02/16/2009 10:51:42 AM PST by yarddog
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To: RDTF

always the lowest prices


14 posted on 02/16/2009 10:56:32 AM PST by bigbob
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To: RDTF

Some of these stories are written so poorly I sometimes wonder if they are written by fourth-graders. Why was the rattler in the store? What were the circumstances leading up to the bite? What could Walmart have done to prevent this? Where was the snake when it bit the man? Did the snake come from environs outside the store or was it transported there in merchandise or by some party for nefarious reasons?

In other news: Cars raced yesterday in the Daytona 500 and there were wrecks and someone won the race. Sports teams of all kinds played yesterday; some won, some lost. There was weather all over the country yesterday and there will likely be weather tomorrow. There is a new development in the Blago Scandal.


15 posted on 02/16/2009 10:57:29 AM PST by WildcatClan (Iam fimus mos ledo ventus apparatus)
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To: RDTF

Snakes in WalMart?

I didn’t know that Hillary, Michelle, Nancy, Barney Franks, Michael Moore, Maxine Waters, et al. shopped at WalMart?

Feel free to add the names of gubmint traitors to your list of favorite WalMart shoppers, etc.


16 posted on 02/16/2009 11:03:30 AM PST by garyhope (It's world war IV, right here, right now courtesy of Islam. VRWC. TWP.)
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To: Cletus.D.Yokel

17 posted on 02/16/2009 11:07:06 AM PST by Disambiguator
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To: RDTF

How is this Wal-Mart’s fault? Sounds like the snakes slither in. I’m sure the employees would have taken steps to get the snake out had they known about it. I don’t guess they are inviting them into the garden center.


18 posted on 02/16/2009 11:09:30 AM PST by beaversmom
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To: Disambiguator

In August, my employer hired a USArmy captain that served in this camp for a short time.

I have this photo on my hard-drive and when I showed it to him, I knew I had a alsting friendship!


19 posted on 02/16/2009 11:09:35 AM PST by Cletus.D.Yokel (FreepMail me if you want on the Bourbon ping list!)
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To: RDTF

Why not just sue Mother Nature. That’s why the snakes are there! What’s next, suing over a mosquito bite?


20 posted on 02/16/2009 11:11:24 AM PST by AuntB (The right to vote in America: Blacks 1870; Women 1920; Native Americans 1925; Foreigners 2008)
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To: WildcatClan

The article was an example of the Associated Press structured pricing system. The “Basic” level tells you “What”. In order to get the other “W’s”, you need to get “Premium”, “Gold”, “Platinum”, or “Titanium” level.


21 posted on 02/16/2009 11:19:33 AM PST by Ed Condon (Wanted, newer tag line in good condition.)
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To: stainlessbanner

I live in Florida and rather live with the snakes than live in chicago or NY with the element of so called humans up their, plus the beutiful weather right now its sunny and in the 70s.


22 posted on 02/16/2009 11:29:44 AM PST by bikerman
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To: RDTF

Bump


23 posted on 02/16/2009 11:36:18 AM PST by BulletBobCo
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To: stainlessbanner

“They have the biggest rattlers and cottonmouths down there. “

Yeah but I’ve never seen one at Walmart. Have run across them out hunting or such.

I don’t buy this, even pygmy rattlesnakes prefer to avoid people and sure won’t be going into a Walmart. Now Taco Bell is another story.


24 posted on 02/16/2009 11:38:50 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: RDTF

THIS JUST IN: The family of the snake is suing Richitelli for the fatal infection that caused the snake’s untimely death. The snake contracted a lethal dose of stupidity from the (alleged) bite.


25 posted on 02/16/2009 11:40:27 AM PST by Red Reign (Storm clouds gather. Fear not, it's a Red Reign that's coming.)
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To: RDTF
Jay Richitelli says he is the third Floridian in three years to be attacked in a Wal-Mart by a pygmy rattler.

"Enough is enough! I have had it with these mf'g snakes in this mf'g WalMart!

26 posted on 02/16/2009 11:49:45 AM PST by Drew68
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To: RDTF

Jay Richitelli says he is the third Floridian in three years to be attacked in a Wal-Mart by a pygmy rattler.

What on earth is it with Florida? Three Wal-Mart snake attacks, two cases of guys throwing food at people, and a tasered emu.

And of course the ongoing saga of "Learning to Vote 101"....
27 posted on 02/16/2009 11:49:53 AM PST by G8 Diplomat
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To: All

Snakes in a Store!


28 posted on 02/16/2009 11:50:09 AM PST by G8 Diplomat
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To: G8 Diplomat

and monkeys throwing feces


29 posted on 02/16/2009 11:51:13 AM PST by RDTF (BO smells and eventually people do what's necessary to avoid it)
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To: RDTF

Preventing this kind of thing is easier said than done. Wal mart has mostly open nursery areas in warm climates, like here in Knoxville, TN. Naturally, from time to time, just as in a garden, the critters are going to get into the plants and, making things worse, nature gave them very good camouflage. Any reasonable gardener knows this from experiences in his own garden and takes proper precautions, just as he should in the store.


30 posted on 02/16/2009 12:01:34 PM PST by libstripper
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To: AuntB
What’s next, suing over a mosquito bite?

If it is, Bill Gates is in trouble.

31 posted on 02/16/2009 12:04:10 PM PST by Richard Kimball (We're all criminals. They just haven't figured out what some of us have done yet.)
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To: G8 Diplomat

Thats nothing a few months back some deputy tasered a wild boar, thankfully the neighbors saved him.

About a year ago one deputy tossed a towel on a gator lept on the back and got in critical condition. His buddy emptied his sidearm at the gator and missed every time.

Really you should come down and spend a couple weeks here ( outside of Disney ) and the stories would start to make sense :-)


32 posted on 02/16/2009 12:30:38 PM PST by festus (Politics makes for strange bedfellows)
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To: driftdiver
I don’t buy this, even pygmy rattlesnakes prefer to avoid people and sure won’t be going into a Walmart.

Newsflash:

Economy tanks, pygmy snakes forced to shop at Walmart...

33 posted on 02/16/2009 12:39:35 PM PST by The Electrician ("Government is the only enterprise in the world which expands in size when its failures increase.")
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To: RDTF

Ka-ching ping!


34 posted on 02/16/2009 1:06:29 PM PST by Moltke
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To: RDTF

I had a pygmy rattler in the trunk of a car I rented. Fortunately I didnt get struck when it lunged at me...and managed to beat it silly with a broom before I could remove it

Its not unusual for snakes to show up in unusual places in Florida.

And, yes, Wal-Mart does hold some liability in this...as a business they have to make sure their place is safe for its customers...and especially if they have had “snake issues” in the past


35 posted on 02/16/2009 2:00:22 PM PST by UCFRoadWarrior (The Biggest Threat To American Soverignty Is Rampant Economic Anti-Americanism)
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To: Pantera
Great episode.


36 posted on 02/16/2009 2:21:30 PM PST by BBell
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To: Disambiguator

I’m stealing that pic.


37 posted on 02/16/2009 2:25:03 PM PST by Centurion2000 (01-20-2009 : The end of the PAX AMERICANA.)
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To: Disambiguator

What does your dumb supposed to say.


38 posted on 02/16/2009 2:43:33 PM PST by dalereed
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To: festus

“Thats nothing a few months back some deputy tasered a wild boar, thankfully the neighbors saved him.”

The deputy or the boar?


39 posted on 02/16/2009 2:48:04 PM PST by dalereed
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To: dalereed

Both actually.

The Boar, which had been peacefully rooting up the flowers, just got pi$$ed off when he was tazered. The neighbors helped herd the boar into an open utility trailer.

That deputy clearly was missing a few synapses. Large wild boar. I’ll tazer it !


40 posted on 02/16/2009 3:48:25 PM PST by festus (Politics makes for strange bedfellows)
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To: driftdiver

I am not so sure that pygmy rattlers do avoid people. I killed one around 3 years ago in my garage. Only around 15 inches long but big enough to make you real sick.


41 posted on 02/16/2009 3:55:58 PM PST by yarddog
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To: UCFRoadWarrior

If this is the same guy as a while back the snake had been dead a while before it bit him.


42 posted on 02/16/2009 4:35:03 PM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: dalereed
What does your dumb supposed to say.

Could you re-state your question?

43 posted on 02/17/2009 4:53:06 AM PST by Disambiguator
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To: Disambiguator

What does your sign supposed to say.


44 posted on 02/17/2009 7:01:27 AM PST by dalereed
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To: dalereed; Cletus.D.Yokel

Well, Cletus.D.Yokel replied to a comment about “don’t pet the snakes” by asking about “spanking the monkey.”

The sign contains three different euphemisms (including spanking the monkey) for, well, you know (nudge nudge, wink wink), which apparently was frowned upon in the showers.


45 posted on 02/17/2009 11:30:09 AM PST by Disambiguator
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