View Full Version : Harrods: snake (cobra) held as a guard of precious shoes (video)

Sep 11th, 2007, 12:16 PM

LONDON (AFP) - A London department store went to great lengths to protect a luxury shoe collection -- with the help of a live cobra.

The slippery security guard was on duty for Monday's launch of exclusive footwear including a 62,000-pound (120,000-dollar) pair of ruby-, sapphire- and diamond-encrusted Rene Caovilla sandals.

Whether hiring a poisonous snake is, strictly speaking, the most effective means of guarding haute couture shoes might be a moot point with security experts.

But it makes for an effective photo opportunity.

A spokeswoman for Harrods admitted that the cobra had been hired strictly for Monday's launch.

"The snake has now been returned to its owner," she said.

So no need to fear snake bites at the shoe counter, then.

"Not unless you're a burglar."

Sep 11th, 2007, 12:38 PM
A snake :bolt: :help:

Sep 12th, 2007, 01:03 PM
A snake :bolt: :help:

fear? :D

Helen Lawson
Sep 12th, 2007, 09:17 PM
There are some women I know, that would be no deterrent at all.

Sally Struthers
Sep 12th, 2007, 09:26 PM
oh please. That thing is not stopping anyone. Give me a pair of tongs and I can retrieve the shoes.