SASKATOON – Mark this one in the odd category. A snake was thrown over the counter of a Saskatoon restaurant Monday morning after a sandwich order went wrong.
Staff told police two men were arguing with an employee about the preparation of their sandwiches as they wanted diced onions. As the argument escalated, one of the men reached into the pocket of his friend’s coat, pulled out a snake and threw it behind the counter.
Staff at the Tim Hortons, located in the 600-block of 22nd Street West, fled the store. Officers were able to catch the non-venomous garter snake and no one was physically injured.
“Very different, very bizarre and for the employees that were involved, very frightening because they wouldn’t know that wasn’t a poisonous snake or it wasn’t dangerous,” said Alyson Edwards, Saskatoon police spokesperson.
The two men are facing charges of mischief and causing a disturbance. Their names have not been released.
Police say someone has come forward to look after the reptile during the winter until it can be released into the wild this spring.
Police released a picture of the snake late Monday, which they named Outlaw, and said it was not harmed during the incident.