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That's not the proper usage for a snake!

We got to do something about these motherfucking snakes in these motherfucking mailboxes!

FARMINGTON HILLS, Michigan -- A man's idea of a joke -- putting a pet 6-foot boa constrictor in his mailbox to startle a mail carrier -- could bring him time behind bars.

"It was an incredibly stupid practical joke that wasn't funny," said James R. Mell, 31, an auto mechanic from the Detroit suburb of Farmington Hills.

Mell put the snake in his mailbox July 7, The Detroit News reported.

"I thought it was funny. Looking back on it, it isn't, and it wasn't," he said.

On Monday, federal prosecutors charged Mell with obstructing the delivery of the U.S. mail. The charge carries a penalty of up to six months in prison.

Postal carrier Nakeema Anderson was making her rounds when she opened Mell's mailbox and found the snake, court records say.

"Anderson reported observing a white male in the driveway laughing," said a report from U.S. postal inspector Andrew Gottfried.

Mell wrote a letter apologizing to Anderson and said he hoped that would settle the matter.

The pet snake is not poisonous, does not bite and has tiny teeth.

"It will only strike at something that it can actually eat," Mell said.

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das_prompt
Jul. 25th, 2006 09:49 pm (UTC)
GOT DAMN!
mandylicious
Jul. 25th, 2006 09:51 pm (UTC)
My roommate is mailman and I know all her mailman friends. Guess who's going to be trying this trick as soon as she finds herself some snakes? :D
patrick
Jul. 25th, 2006 10:11 pm (UTC)
If you do it, you have to let us know what happens! Be careful that they don't throw you in jail for 6 months!
mandylicious
Jul. 25th, 2006 10:24 pm (UTC)
I'll just put a note around the snake's neck that says "LOVE, PATRICK." That ought to keep me out of jail. ;)
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patrick
Jul. 25th, 2006 10:21 pm (UTC)
We got to do something about these motherfucking mailboxes on this motherfucking plane?
russian
Jul. 27th, 2006 10:38 pm (UTC)
Farmington Hills is the home of the most low-class middle-class people you would ever meet in your life.

Also, "Anderson reported observing a white male in the driveway laughing," said a report from U.S. postal inspector Andrew Gottfried.

Am I the only one who got a visual of Chris Farley?
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