Surely you'll recall the story of Mica Craig, the man who had his hand mangled by a rattlesnake while shopping in the outdoor gardening section of a Wal-Mart in Clarkston, Wash. Because this type of news is ratings gold, we're learning more about Craig and his run-in with the surprise rattler today.
Perhaps most attention-grabbing, several outlets are now reporting that Craig is a licensed medical marijuana grower. This, of course, probably doesn't have much to do with what happened to Craig and his hand (other than explaining why he was at the store - see below), but it may shed some light on his initial confusion when speaking to reporters. Craig first told the Lewiston Tribune he was bitten on Saturday instead of Friday.
Or, it could have been because he just had his hand bit-to-fuck by a rattlesnake.
Meanwhile, Cody Bloomsburg of the Lewiston Tribune produced a story running on the Spokesman Review website detailing the repercussions of Craig's now-momentarily-famous snakebite. According to Bloomsburg's account, Craig fielded countless media inquiries from his hospital bed yesterday, and as of last night was still waiting to be released from St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Lewiston.
Bloomsburg also reports that Craig was at Wal-Mart on Friday in search of mulch to grow medical marijuana.
Bloomsburg notes (as have others) that Wal-Mart has been in contact with Craig, though the exact details of what the store plans to do for the snakebitten man remain vague.
From Bloomsburg's story:
Walmart spokeswoman Kayla Whaling confirmed Craig was bit at the store Friday (Craig later said he had confused the day when he spoke with the Tribune on Sunday) and that the company had been in contact with him.
"We've been working directly with Mr. Craig and medical providers to ensure that he receives the proper medical assistance," Whaling said, but didn't say if that meant the company would be covering his medical bills.