Man finds snake in S.A. Starbucks bathroom

Man finds snake in S.A. Starbucks bathroom

Credit: Michele Ahlswede

Wife, Michele Ahlswede, posted on Facebook: "Bruce went to the little boys room and got a big surprise," after her husband discovered a snake in the coffee shop's bathroom.




Posted on September 5, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 5 at 4:21 PM

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- A Starbucks customer in San Antonio got a slithery surprise when he went into the store's bathroom.

The man came face to face with a snake that was hanging out on the toilet.

Bruce Ahlswede isn't a snake lover, so you can imagine his shock when he spotted one slithering around in the Starbucks at Bandera Road and Loop 1604 in San Antonio.

It’s "not something I expect at Starbucks." Ahlswede said. "I looked down, and looked at the toilet, and I see this snake laying across the toilet."

He thought it was fake. But when it moved, he knew it was the real deal, and alerted employees.

"I said 'Hey, you know you've got a snake in your bathroom?' And she's kind of freaking out, so we went back in and watched it as it slithered back and around, down underneath the rim of the bowl and right inside."

Ahlswede's wife snapped a picture before it disappeared. She posted it to Facebook and got all kinds of responses.

"A lot of people were really freaked out and some said 'Thanks a lot -- they were over their phobia of this ever happening.'"

Experts say it's most likely a Texas Rat Snake.

They aren't poisonous, and sometimes find their way into toilets and other plumbing.

Starbucks says the safety of their customers is a top priority. They called in a specialist who performed an inspection and determined there were no further safety concerns.

Bruce and Michelle returned to the store today to follow up on the situation, they said employees told them, so far they haven't been able to find that snake. So as far as they know it could still be in that men's room. Despite the creepy encounter, they say they'll remain Starbucks customers, but they plan to change their bathroom habits.

"Yeah, I'm going to take a closer look -- definitely lift the seat and be a little more careful, because you never know."