South Londoner David Videcette was enjoying his commute along the South Circular in Streatham when he saw something unexpected.
Just some guy on a mobility scooter, grappling with a snake, as he makes his way along a south London. Street… pic.twitter.com/4Jgp2MEmVN
— David Videcette (@DavidVidecette) August 20, 2018
Yes, he saw a man riding a mobility scooter carrying a snake in a choke-hold. Is there any other way to hold a snake? After he posted the photo to his Twitter, Videcette sat down with the Croydon Advertiser to discuss what he saw.
I’m from south London, and it’s full of odd and eclectic characters, you can never really tell what some of them are going to do. But this guy is the king of juxtaposition – fighting with his snake on the south circular as he rode his mobility scooter – I was amazed at it.
And the king of juxtaposition he most definitely was.
Twitter couldn’t get enough.
I can't stop chuckling at thisssssss https://t.co/Z6jk1xEFeg
— Kat Clementine (@KC_Journo) August 21, 2018
A typical Monday……..
— Blu (@BlueEyedGirlie) August 20, 2018
— Emma CS (@emma_small83) August 21, 2018
Videcette wasn’t the only one who saw the fellow. And, apparently, the man dealing with the snake was not a one-time deal.
He is a local phenomenon named Roger and the snake is not a pest — it’s his pet.
He lives in a corner house just opposite the top left entry to the park. I'll show him the photo, pretty sure he doesn't know he's famous on twitter.
— The Goat #PeoplesVote (@sureduck) August 21, 2018
Hi David. I would like to introduce you to the wonderful local character Roger, accompanied by his fantastically named pet snake, Unique. pic.twitter.com/AgQgoAOYf6
— Kiko Barraza ☮ (@KikoBarraza) August 21, 2018
Considering the locale, Roger’s unusual animal companion didn’t surprise some people.
This……is why I love this utterly bonkers country!
This is England!
— Martin Bridgewater (@MartinBwater) August 21, 2018
Standard south london. In last few weeks have seen snake, ferret, bearded dragon and macaw all just hanging out with their people on highstreets or cafes.
— laura johnson (@laurajohnson942) August 20, 2018
i grew up in Streatham, it happened a lot.
— Sue Wright (@alienbrit353) August 20, 2018
And others were reminisssscing.
The owner of my local pet hotel once came to collect my rabbit sporting a necklace of live rats… they kept going down her cleavage and she'd just fish them out.
— Dr Alison Booth #FBPE (@boothac59) August 20, 2018
Occasionally I used to see a chap who travelled on the south London train network with a live snake coiled upon his head
— Joel Taylor (@JoelTaylorhack) August 20, 2018
It’s a bizarre and amazing world we live in.