Okanagan Panorama

Saturday, 07 February 2015 03:41

No shoes, no shirt, snake in your pocket … no service!

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The Globe & Mail on-line version December 8, 2014 headline credited to Canadian Press stated “A sandwich, a snafu and a snake: How things went wrong at a Saskatoon Tim Hortons”

“Two men are facing mischief charges after a sandwich order gone wrong led to a snake-throwing confrontation at a Tim Hortons restaurant in Saskatoon.”

“Police say the 20-year-olds began arguing with an employee because they wanted their onions diced. The argument got worse, and one of the men pulled a snake from his friend’s pocket and threw it behind the counter.”

The article was scant on details but did provide that the snake wasn’t poisonous, the two young men were arrested and the snake was captured with plans to release into the wild in the spring.

Correct me if I’m wrong, I can’t help but think that there is something seriously wrong here on several levels.

Experiencing a disagreement with a person providing you a service is a situation that can occur frequently. People don’t always behave the way that we expect them to. Assertive communication is a way of getting your needs met without it being at the expense of another. These two young fellows could likely benefit from some assertiveness training.

Without actually knowing the two young men it is unfair to stereotype them due to their age but you have to wonder what else are they capable of? Is concealing a snake and using it to intimidate someone or to prove a point a rational course of action? Could having a concealed snake on your person for the purpose of intimidation lead to more serious actions? Perhaps a concealed spider or something as equally shock producing.

I don’t like spiders or snakes in case you are wondering.

The article says that the young men were charged with mischief. Will they learn anything from this incident? Now if the article concluded with the two men were detained and will be released into the wild next spring …




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