Imagine it’s a normal day and you rush to your local newsagent for a drink or snack.
Then you spot another customer… holding a snake.
It sounds like something out of a book or a nightmare but it was indeed a reality for Liverpool resident Alwyn Maynard last week.
The 52-year-old walked into a shop in Tuebrook on Tuesday and was met with absolutely ridiculous scenes – a woman casually pacing with her pet snake around her neck.
Alwyn asked if he could make a video and when he started filming, the line stretched to the counter. He thinks it was a boa constrictor.
A visibly frightened newspaper vendor can be heard screaming in the background and asking the woman to leave.
Alwyn, who can be heard laughing hysterically off camera, said: “I just felt so sorry for the shopkeeper.
“She must have had a bad experience with a snake as a little kid because she was terrified. All hell broke loose.
“I don’t think I’ve ever heard screams like that. Every time she screamed, it was an octave higher. She must have felt trapped.
“They were probably dealing with people trying to rob them, but all of that fades away. It’s a bit different than a snake trying to steal from your store.
“Why are you bringing a six-foot line to the local store? You would just leave it at home. I don’t think she’ll put it in business again.’
Footage shows the snake wrapping itself around a box of mints “like it’s going to steal for a sweet tooth,” knocking several others to the ground and climbing onto the register.
Its unimpressed owner tries, with little success, to get it back onto her shoulders – and another customer leaves the store as the chaos unfolds.
The station worker, who lives in Hatton Garden, said: “She just didn’t seem to know what the line behind her was doing. It must have been a sweet tooth.
“She apologized for throwing the mints on the floor but not the snake. She just lost control of it. It had a mind of its own.’
The woman is then heard trying to get the line off the register by whispering “Hey, Missy” and “Come on, behave yourself.”
Alwyn joked that he didn’t get involved because he “didn’t want to be strangled by it” and said he wasn’t “very likable”.
“That’s how they kill their prey and I didn’t want to be their next victim,” he said, adding that the woman regained control of her animals after about three minutes.
He said he even left without the bottle of water he had opted for due to the chaos and expects to see a ‘no pets’ sign in the window after the store clerk was terrified.
Despite this, he claims it was a “really good-looking creature.” If you say so, Alwyn.
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