Authorities raided an illegal snake-selling business run out of a man’s home in upstate New York.
Animal control found some 850 snakes in the man’s two-car garage. [WDAM]
That is too many snakes.
Brookhaven Deputy Town Attorney David Moran said [Richard] Parrinello, an animal control officer for the town, was being investigated for workman’s compensation fraud. Moran says surveillance showed that Parrinello had been running a business, out of his home, without the proper permits. It’s called Snake Man’s Exotics and, according to its website, it breeds snakes and sells them around the world.
So, two things:
1) What the hell kind of cretin is buying snakes over the Internet — SNAKES! OVER THE INTERNET! — from a website that looks like this and is called — and I really want you to read this slowly at least three or four times to let it all sink in — Snake Man’s Exotics?
2) He also had a ton of spiders and a freezer filled with 500-1,000 dead mice in the garage. All of which makes this next blockquote even more amazing.
Officials say only the pythons are being removed at this time – however – because they are the only things that appear to be illegal.
Amy Goldstein says she’s lived across the street from Parinello, his wife and two children for the past eight years and said she is unconcerned about the snakes.
“No, they’re good people,” she said. “That’s their business.”
It appears I have buried the lede here. This is not a story about a man trying to sell almost 1,000 snakes out of his suburban garage. No, this is a story about Amy Goldstein, World’s Coolest Neighbor*.
*It is also a story about a man trying to sell almost 1,000 snakes out of his suburban garage.