I got away with one like this; it wan’t intended to happen, but it ended up being so funny…
I was working in Delaware selling steaks and such from a pickup truck (you’ve seen these guys.) I was the office manager as well, so I had an office of my own, where I would keep unusual things I found or bought. The boss was a personal friend, so I got much more leeway than a standard employee.
One afternoon I was driving and saw a large balcksnake on the road ahead. I thought that someone had run it over, but I still swerved to avoid it, and noticed that it was just fine. I stopped the truck and my companion for that day helped me coerce the snake into an empty box, which I stored on the truck.
When I got back that night we got the snake out of the box. It was about four feet long, and it was fat- apparently filled up on field mice or whatever. It was strong, too- it took three people just to get it back in the box. I transferred it to an empty aquarium I had in my office, tpaed it shut, left a shallow dish of water, and eventually left for the day.
The next day the snake was fine; I resolved to get a better enclosure and went to work on my route for the day. What happened next is the fun part.
There were two people in the office- my boss, Rick and the accountant, Mike. They were talking to ewach other, Mike in the doorway to Rick’s office and Rick at his desk. Mike glanced down the hall and saw the blacksnake slither out from under my office door. He said that it reared up like a cobra and charged him. He leapt into Rick’s office and slammed the door.
Rick got the office defense system out, a pump-action 12 gauge shotgun, and stood up on top of his desk, waiting for the snake… to do what, I’m not sure. It’s like he was expecting it to break the door down.
After a few minutes of this, they remebered that the lobby was full of job applicants, so they called our mechanic from the other side of the business complex. After laughing his butt off, the mechanic sent a guy over to help.
The helper had to come in through the lobby and climb through the appointment window to get into the office, because the outer door was locked. He caught the snake in the hallway with his bare hands and carried it out back, where he relesed it. Then he went back in to tell Rick and Mike that they could get off the desk now.
I wondered why Rick and Mike were giveng me the evil eye when I got back that day; I went into my office and only when I saw the empty box did I find out the snake got out. I had to pry to get them to tell me why my snake was gone; I must have laughed about it for days afterward.
Picture it- two men in suits, standing on a desk, holding a shotgun, looking fearfully at the office door…