When the Hemingway family carried in the cases of bottled water they’d just bought from their local Walmart in Bristow, Okla., they found a scary surprise: A rattlesnake!
That’s right. Heidi Hemingway and her three children found a pygmy rattlesnake coiled among the water bottles in one of the packages, as shown in the photo below.
Hemingway told Fox 23 that her daughter was the lucky one to carry in that particular case:
“She pushed the water to the side, and about 30 minutes later she started screaming ‘there is a snake in the water.’”
Luckily, her gallant husband rushed in to the rescue. We applaud his quick thinking, but can’t help but wish Hemingway had captured the following scene on video:
“So I get my husband and he pushes the water outside, snake kind of runs loose and he kills it with the end of a broom stick.”
Yet Hemingway shudders to think of that rattlesnake nesting in her home for 30 minutes, describing it as, “really scary, especially with all three of my kids there.”
Does Walmart have a rattlesnake problem?
The local Walmart assured Fox 23 that they would check all the cases of water carefully to ensure that no more customers discover any more unwelcome guests. Yet, one wonders how the folks at “always low prices, always low wages” can do that when they’re so notoriously understaffed with frazzled, underpaid employees they can barely keep their shelves stocked.
This is not the only Walmart store with a snake problem. News 5 adds that last month, a man got bitten by a pygmy rattlesnake at a Walmart in St. Augustine, Fla. NBC reported that the man reached under a shelf to retrieve his child’s water bottle, got bitten, and was at risk of losing his finger.
Here’s the news report from Fox 23.