Not your average supermarket customer. Image Credit: Helaina Alati
Shoppers in Sydney recently got more than they bargained for while browsing the aisles of a supermarket.
Australia is pretty notorious for its snakes and spiders, yet even those who have lived in the country their whole life never expected to see what emerged from inside one of the food aisles at a Sydney supermarket in Glenorie earlier this week.
The creature - a large python - had slithered out from the depths of the herbs and spices section.
"I was browsing and turned to my left and he had come out and his face was about 20cm (8 inches) from mine, just looking at me," said shopper Helaina Alati.
As luck would have it, however, Alati also happened to be a former volunteer snake catcher.
"It was super mellow, not aggressive at all," she said.
"I'm guessing he came down from the ceiling. He was about 10 feet long."
Supermarket staff were quick to remove the snake from the premises.
"Once it was sighted, our team members reacted quickly and calmly to cordon off the area for the safety of customers," a spokesperson told The Huffington Post.
"A snake catcher removed the slithery customer, who was released safely into bushland shortly after."