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Old 07-18-2009, 10:16 PM
 
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Default Pygmy Rattlers at Wal-Mart Again?

I had heard of these snakes biting people at Wal-Mart, but thought it was urban legend. Guess not.

http://www.news-journalonline.com/pdf/fl_dbnj0717.pdf (broken link)
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Old 07-18-2009, 10:52 PM
 
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Wow !!
As if we need yet another reason to avoid WAL*MART.....
Pygmy's are some of the worst because they are hard to see and attack
with no provocation. Other bigger Rattlers usually need to feel threatened
before they strike. Ouch !!!!
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Old 07-19-2009, 05:49 AM
 
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My guess is that the Walton family will be losing a bit of their fortune over this one. I know I'd sure sue and get enough to own an entire Wal-Mart store and everything in it. This is the third pygmy ratller bite in Florida since 2007, so Wal-Mart certainly knows that this is an ongoing problem as opposed to an isolated incident.

The thing that sickens me is that despite the mans cries for help, the garden center employees ignored him, and a senior citizen "greeter" was the one who finally stepped in to help him. The greeter used her own cell phone to call 9-1-1 and pushed the snake off the man's finger with a broomstick. Management was no where to be found throughout the entire incident.

And now you know one of the many reasons I won't shop at Wal-Mart. Years ago I slipped and fell on liquid laundry detergent all over the floor in a Wal-Mart and I had to fight with them to take an accident report. Then they treated me like dirt, like I had staged the fall. I turned out to be fine after a couple of days, but frankly I should have sued them on the grounds of their own stupidity.

When I worked in retail we were trained to never "apologize or take responsibility" should a shopper be injured in our store, BUT we were also trained to immediately respond and assist, ask if they wanted medical assistance, and take an incident report.
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Old 07-19-2009, 08:08 AM
 
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'The thing that sickens me is that despite the mans cries for help, the garden center employees ignored him, and a senior citizen "greeter" was the one who finally stepped in to help him. '


Was this the same Greeter that welcomed the Guy to Walmart and told him to have a nice day ?
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Old 07-19-2009, 08:15 AM
 
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Was this the same Greeter that welcomed the Guy to Walmart and told him to have a nice day ?
Ironically I would imagine so.
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Old 07-20-2009, 06:16 PM
 
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I continued to shop there after my mother was literally run over by an employee driving a handicap cart. No manager to be found, no apology, nothing. Like Annerk, should have sued the B******s.

After that, I read:

Wal-Mart You Don't Know | Fast Company
Your Big Best Friend--Or Not - Forbes.com
Wal-Mart 'Eats' More U.S. Manufacturers

They've killed small businesses & small towns.

The poor guy who'll most likely lose part of his arm will be an out of court settlement. WM will go on doing what they do. Raping the US of jobs.

Maybe this should be moved to another section: Wal-Mart Bashing?
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Old 07-21-2009, 06:11 AM
 
Location: Orlando, Fl
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I am a Target girl and avoid Wal-Mart at all costs - good thing apparently. But After reading the article I have a few questions though, why is this occurring at Wal-Mart? What about the garden center at Target, Lowes, Home Depot etc? These areas are easily accessible to any snake, so are other stores controlling them somehow?

Also, I know nothing about snakes, but if a baby bottle was dropped to the floor and rolled under some shelving, wouldn't that have startled the snake and caused it to hide? If it was dropped from a few feet up, it would at least make a little bang and seems like it would scare the snake away?

Yikes - either way, I'll be on high alert next time I'm at ANY garden center.
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Old 07-21-2009, 07:43 AM
 
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I am a Target girl and avoid Wal-Mart at all costs - good thing apparently. But After reading the article I have a few questions though, why is this occurring at Wal-Mart? What about the garden center at Target, Lowes, Home Depot etc? These areas are easily accessible to any snake, so are other stores controlling them somehow?

Also, I know nothing about snakes, but if a baby bottle was dropped to the floor and rolled under some shelving, wouldn't that have startled the snake and caused it to hide? If it was dropped from a few feet up, it would at least make a little bang and seems like it would scare the snake away?

Yikes - either way, I'll be on high alert next time I'm at ANY garden center.
Snakes are deaf it would have heard felt the vibration but that is about it. Snakes strike at movement and heat. Under that shelf in the dark to the snake his hand would be glowing and prompt the snake to strike out of instinct. As far as why they have been found in Wal mart, they get the most publicity it seems. They have been found in vegetable bins and garden centers in other stores.
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Old 07-21-2009, 07:46 AM
 
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I am a Target girl and avoid Wal-Mart at all costs - good thing apparently. But After reading the article I have a few questions though, why is this occurring at Wal-Mart? What about the garden center at Target, Lowes, Home Depot etc? These areas are easily accessible to any snake, so are other stores controlling them somehow?

Also, I know nothing about snakes, but if a baby bottle was dropped to the floor and rolled under some shelving, wouldn't that have startled the snake and caused it to hide? If it was dropped from a few feet up, it would at least make a little bang and seems like it would scare the snake away?

Yikes - either way, I'll be on high alert next time I'm at ANY garden center.
I'd be suspicious that someone may be planting them. Either that or one of their nursery suppliers has a problem with them - if that's the case, it's surprising no other stores have had problems with them.
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Old 07-21-2009, 07:49 AM
 
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Snakes are deaf it would have heard felt the vibration but that is about it. Snakes strike at movement and heat. Under that shelf in the dark to the snake his hand would be glowing and prompt the snake to strike out of instinct. As far as why they have been found in Wal mart, they get the most publicity it seems. They have been found in vegetable bins and garden centers in other stores.
True. Rattlers can sense a temperature change of just 1/100 th of a degree F. and thus know when someone/something is getting closer. Then, they strike.
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