Venomous cobra retained to patrol ugly expensive shoes at Harrods

Harrods, the London department store, rented a poisonous cobra to do guard duty at the launch of a pair of £62,000 sandals, proving that tacky displays of wealth and the herpephilia are not mutually exclusive.

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

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


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