Slithery snake spotted at Woolworths in Glenorie, Sydney Image via YouTube Sunrise

Python adds some slithery spice to Woolworths experience [watch]

A ‘super mellow’ slithery customer unexpectedly spiced up an Australian woman’s shopping experience at a Sydney Woolworths store.


Slithery snake spotted at Woolworths in Glenorie, Sydney Image via YouTube Sunrise

The scene is set…It’s a normal Tuesday afternoon and you’re grabbing some spices for your chicken dish, then out of nowhere! A 3m snake jumps out from between the spices! This Woolworths shopper certainly had one heck of a day. 

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It was a normal day for Helaina Alati who was shopping at a Woolworths in Glenorie, Sydney. Alati was in the spice aisle of her local Woolworths, when the snake “jumped” out at her. 

“I was browsing and turned to my left and he had come out and his face was about 20cm from mine, just looking at me,” she told 7News

She said it was almost like the python was asking her to take him outside. 


Alati described the snake as “super mellow” saying he wasn’t aggressive at all. Luckily for everyone, Alati is a former volunteer snake catcher so she grabbed her snake bag and took him safely back to the bush. 

She reassured everyone that there was nothing to worry about. 

“I’m glad I’m the one that found him, most people would have freaked out. Don’t want to demonise these beautiful animals anymore”, she said.

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A Woolworths spokesperson responded to the news and emphasised that the matter was dealt with safely and calmly. 

“Once it [the snake] was sighted, our team members reacted quickly and calmly to cordon off the area for the safety of customers. A snake catcher removed the slithery customer, who was released safely into the bushland shortly after.”

What an eventful day it must have been for Helaina Alati! Leaving the house for a few spices and coming home after catching a three-meter snake! 

Watch the clip here