It's common knowledge Wal-Mart can be a dangerous place. Mostly, however, those dangers are associated with the mega-chain-conglomerate taking advantage of low-wage workers and putting mom-and-pop operations out of business. In Eastern Washington, though, apparently it's wise to watch out for rattlesnakes, too.
According to reports by the Associated Press, a Washington man learned this lesson the hard way over Mother's Day weekend. Perusing the outdoor gardening section of a Wal-Mart in Lewiston, Idaho Clarkston (Note: This story has been updated as the original AP account said Lewiston, Idaho), the man reportedly bent down to pick up what he thought was a stick only to discover it was actually an angry rattlesnake. The surprising (and painful) discovery was driven home when the snake bit the hell out of the man's hand.
As the AP notes:
Mica Craig says he was shopping in the outdoor garden department of a Clarkston store when he was bitten Saturday. The 47-year-old man says it latched onto his hand and that he screamed, shook loose the snake and stomped it to death.
It's good to know at least the scaly, venomous fucker didn't get away with it unscathed.