Police in Canada respond to distress call about snake inside store at gas station
Police officers in Canada were called to the scene at a local gas station after an employee encountered an unexpected customer: a snake.
On Tuesday, the RCMP in Cochrane, Alberta took to social media to share photos of the incident, which wasn't quite what they expected. According to police, the gas station employee called to report a snake in the store, however, when officers arrived, they found a small, "cute" garden snake instead.
While the little visitor did not turn out to be dangerous, officers stuck around to help coax it out from under a chip display and release it back outside.
Cochrane RCMP received a call from a gas station. The lone employee called to report there was a snake in the store. Members responded & coaxed the python out from under the chip display. The fierce predator turned out to be a cute grass snake who was released back into the wild. pic.twitter.com/E15K2xCuvy— RCMP Alberta (@RCMPAlberta) October 6, 2020
Many people online praised the officers for going above and beyond and helping the employee out anyway.
This is kind of adorable! Good job to that RCMP member for doing the task and not just walking away from a citizen who was probably a little too worked up. Cute optics. 🥰🐍— Susan Maki (Bonnell) (@SusanBonnell01) October 7, 2020
"If it was a slow night, why not? If the employee phoned 911, an officer is required to respond anyway. No need to wake animal control for a tiny little snake. Another way to look at it: he took initiative and got the job done himself," someone else wrote.
This is my favourite tweet today.— Kim Sharabura (@KimSharabura) October 6, 2020
Others even found the incident pretty relatable, adding that they would have also called for help.
I totally understand this call. 😂 I ran out of my burger job when I saw a mouse 😂— Tisha Britton (@Ironjawswife) October 6, 2020
"Thank you thank you lol that would so be me, snakes and lizards are my biggest fears!" someone wrote on Facebook.
You could not pay me a million dollars to do that.— Tarin (@tarinla) October 6, 2020
Of course, there are some who find the snake absolutely adorable.
He just wanted to get some snacks!!— ✨🦇 𝖉𝖗𝖆𝖈𝖚𝖇𝖆𝖇𝖎𝖊 🦇✨ (@dracubabiie) October 7, 2020
Let's just say the situation could have been a lot worse.
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