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Posted by Kat on November 26, 2002 at 17:01:49:
I normally have my snakes delivered to where I work as it means I don't have to sit home and sign for them. The regular receptionist is pretty cool about this, even though snakes make her squeamish... But today was different. The past week or so we'd had a temp receptionist. The regular receptionist had warned her of various things (like not to fill the free candy basket more than once a day no matter how much we asked), and so I thought she'd been warned about me and my snake shipments.
The day the snake was supposed to arrive, I went up to her desk and asked her to notify me as soon as the package showed up. One of my coworkers was right behind me and commented, "Getting another snake?" "Yup," I replied. The receptionist didn't say anything, so I thought she was alright with it...
I didn't find out until later, she'd thought I was joking about the snake part. Apparently Airborne Express had brought the package up to her desk, and the guy goes, "Got a snake shipment for you." The box, of course, was labeled 'Live Cargo' and had airholes punched in it. Needless to say, she freaked. I have a feeling this receptionist won't be temping with us again (even though I hadn't intended to scare her off...).
It was just a cornsnake, too.