MCCOMB, MS (WLBT) - A McComb man is venting his frustration after being told to leave a Waffle House for bringing his pet snake inside. And cellphone video of the incident has gone viral.
“Most of the people think it’s kinda crazy for a guy to be having a live snake around his neck,” he said as he wrapped it around his neck.
Gary Lewis says he brings his pet snake LB everywhere and has never had a problem.
“This was the worse I have seen right here," said Lewis. "Normally when I walk in a public place or something, you might have one or two people like, oh he got a snake, but never had any kinda reaction like this.”
He says the attention he gets is most always positive.
“Most of the people be like can I rub him, do he bite, do he have teeth,” he said as onlookers watched.
But early Saturday morning he got the kind of attention that he didn't want at the Waffle House on Delaware Street in McComb.
As soon as he walked in he says, he was confronted by a security guard.
“And he was like I’m telling you that you can’t be in here with that snake and if you don’t get out of here I’m gonna just let the law handle it and they just left. I said ok well let the law handle it then,” Lewis said.
In the video the guard approaches Lewis, who is in the white tank top.
That’s when the conversation turned ugly.
“Then we went back and forth, he cussed me out, I cuss him out,” he admitted.
The situation escalated, and the security guard pulled his gun.
“Now, the restaurant is full of people,” he continued.
When patrons saw the gun, they took off running.
The argument continued for the majority of the two-minute video until Lewis was eventually escorted out of the restaurant.
But things didn't stop there.
“When I make it outside, he running to me. Throwing a wild bunch of punches, hit me probably ten times until I realized the police weren’t going to help, Lewis said. "So, I punched him back.”
Officers with the McComb police department were able to separate the two.
Written statements were taken and both parties chose not to press charges.