Woman brought boa constrictor into store, then tried to steal mints

Chaos after a woman's pet boa constrictor misbehaves at a Liverpool newsagent, Kennedy News and Media

A snake caused absolute chaos at a Liverpool newsagent last week (Image: Kennedy News and Media)

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.

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PICTURE BY Kennedy News and Media (SHOWN: SNAKE GOES TOWARDS NEWSMAN WITHOUT ITS OWNER NOTICEING) A shopkeeper cried out in terror as a woman brought her six-foot BOA CONSTRICTOR into a newsagent -- only for it to be over the Sliding down the counter and'trying to steal mints' Alwyn Maynard was visiting a newsagent in Tuebrook, Liverpool, for a bottle of water when an'egregious' encounter with the giant reptile caused him to forget all about his refreshment. The 52-year-old was stunned when he walked in and noticed a lady with a large snake around her neck, so he asked if he could film the bizarre creature for a few seconds. DISCLAIMER: While Kennedy News and Media uses its best efforts to determine the copyright and authenticity of all supplied images, it accepts no liability for any damage, loss or legal action caused by the use of the supplied images and the publication of any images is solely at your discretion. SEE KENNEDY NEWS COPY - 0161 697 4266

When Alwyn Maynard began filming, the line stretched towards the counter, to the dismay of one worker (Image: Kennedy News and Media)

Woman wrestles with snake in store

The unimpressed woman wrestles with the snake to get it back on her shoulders (Image: Kennedy News and Media)

“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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