Thursday’s grocery store excursion for a woman from Virginia took an unexpected turn when she was surprised by a snake in her basket.
When Kimberly Slaughter noticed what she thought to be mouse droppings in her shopping basket, she was in a Shoppers Value store in Lunenburg County, Virginia.
Slaughter said, “I was like, I’m not getting that bag. So I put it on the bottom shelf because there was already mouse poop covering the bottom shelves.”
Slaughter, who claimed to have seen rodent traps on the lower shelf, went to retrieve some more popcorn when she discovered that the top right corner of it was slightly damaged.
Slaughter found a snake inside the bag when she attempted to put it in her cart to move it up to the front because it couldn’t be sold.
She described how the snake slithered out of the bag when she wheeled the cart to the front of the store and then went back inside.
Slaughter, who is a mother of a young child, told the publication that she was concerned about what would have occurred if the snake had made it back to her house.
“I have a baby, and he is just starting to walk. So imagine if he was a little bit older, or if my niece had gone and been like, ‘hey, I want some popcorn’ and grabbed that bag and it bit her. It’s not safe. It’s not healthy,” Slaughter said.
Brian Stanley, the store’s manager, said an investigation is being conducted.
Stanley added, “We have no idea where it originated from. We are investigating trying to find out where it came from, but we have no other indication that there could be any others.”