Snakes in a store

New Mi­nas Su­per­store shop­pers sur­prised by snake found in cart


Snakes on a plane? Not quite, but al­most.

New Mi­nas shop­pers were stunned re­cently to spot a large snake in a shop­ping cart in­side a lo­cal gro­cery store.

“It was kind of shock­ing to look down and see that thing so close to my leg,” said Wind­sor res­i­dent Carol Bene­dict.

Bene­dict and her hus­band had been shop­ping in the New Mi­nas Su­per­store late in the af­ter­noon of June 30 when she no­ticed the snake on the cart of the gen­tle­man stand­ing be­hind her in the pro­duce sec­tion.

Bene­dict said that at first, she was com­pletely un­aware of the snake un­til she be­gan walk­ing away with her pro­duce and heard the man be­hind her scream, “Oh my God, there’s a snake on my cart!”

Kentville res­i­dent Shawn Pi­neo is the man whose cart the snake de­cided to hitch a ride in at the Su­per­store — and he’s not a fan of snakes at all. The former Cana­dian Forces mem­ber had to get over his fear of snakes while serv­ing over­seas, but still doesn’t like them much.

“I’m a lit­tle bit scared of them, not as scared as I used to be. I was in the forces be­fore and they had poi­sonous ones over­seas, so that sort of helped me get over a bit of my fear of the non-poi­sonous ones,” he said.

He says he was in the store for about 10 min­utes be­fore notic­ing the rep­tile.

“I’d filled the top part of my cart and reached down to put some­thing in the bot­tom when I saw it,” said Pi­neo. “Need­less to say, I prob­a­bly squealed like a lit­tle girl.”

Pi­neo added that he had picked up the cart from in­side the store — not from the cart cor­ral out­side.

Bene­dict said that the Su­per­store em­ploy­ees — while seem­ing just as sur­prised as the cus­tomers to find a snake in the store — han­dled the sit­u­a­tion re­mark­ably well and were able to quickly move the snake from the cart and into a box and brought it out back.

“The store was great, they dealt with it im­me­di­ately, but I’m not sure what they did with it af­ter that,” said Bene­dict.

Store man­ager Colin Han­son was un­able to com­ment on the spe­cific in­ci­dent, as he was away on va­ca­tion dur­ing the time it oc­curred.

How­ever, Han­son says that dur­ing his 26 years in busi­ness, he has never had a snake come into the store, but says there are pro­ce­dures in place in the event an in­ci­dent such as this does oc­cur.

“We just cap­ture the snake,” said Han­son. “We have pest con­trol providers that we use if we can’t cap­ture the snake.”


Carol Bene­dict, a Wind­sor res­i­dent, snapped this pic­ture of a snake found in a cart at the New Mi­nas Su­per­store June 30. She says store em­ploy­ees were quick to take ac­tion once it was dis­cov­ered.

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