Credit Card Issued to a Snake!

Meet Dimitri, my niece’s pet snake. He’s a Ball Python.

I guess he’s a very special snake. Last week he received his own credit card. And he doesn’t even have a job.

Apparently when my niece buys his ‘food’ at the pet store, she has to sign a waiver acknowledging the ‘food’ may carry a virus or something like that. At the bottom of the form, it asks for the pet’s name. So, somehow his name was passed on . . . .

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I wonder what the interest rate is for snakes.

Check out his shiny new credit card.

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Uh-oh, they got the first name wrong. They put “Demetrius” instead of “Dimitri.”

Looks like they accepted his card anyway.

Nice hat, Dimitri.

Lynn Kelley, Lynn Kelley author, Lynn Kelley children's author, Curse of the Double Digits, BBH McChiller, Monster Moon mysteries

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How about you? Do you have any strange credit card stories? Or does this one take the cake?

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49 Responses to Credit Card Issued to a Snake!

  1. I think this one takes the cake, Lynn! But we did have a credit card company send a card to our son; he was eleven at the time. 🙂

    • That’s crazy that your 11-year-old was sent a credit card! I think the snake credit card takes the cut, so I’ll serving some to my commenters. Here, Kassandra, have a piece. Do you want some ice cream to go with that?

  2. That is just plain silly!

  3. marsharwest says:

    Your niece has a pet snake! The credit card thing doesn’t surprise me. We have a card for my dog from a pharmacy because we get his insulin and needles from there. But your niece has a pet snake! Can I say eeeuuuhhh! Is her mother your sister or sister-in-law? In any case, she’s gutsier than I’d ever be or was. And you are to if you visit in theri home.
    Like your site, Lynn, and I’ll be recommending CURSES(sounds delightful) to a couple of friends who are school librarians. Good luck with sales.

    • Marsha, so your dog has a legitimate credit card that you use at the pharmacy? Now, that’s something! Amazing!
      Yes, my niece has a pet snake. She didn’t have it last time I visited, but she’s moving soon, so Dimitri won’t be there when we visit. I feel the same as you do about snakes. My son always wanted one, but I wouldn’t let him. Now he’s married and still wants one, but his wife doesn’t like snakes either!

      Thank you for visiting my blog, and that would be awesome if you recommend Curse of the Double Digits to your friends! Thanks so much!

  4. I’m glad I read this LONG before I’ll be going to bed, lol. Oh I hate snakes! I won’t even touch a page in a magazine if there’s a picture of one…just the tiniest part of the corner so I can turn it. Anyway…some people are not terribly bright.

    Someone sent a copy of a letter to the author of my favorite column in our local newspaper once. Their father had died…and the Social Security Administration sent him notice that his benefits were being canceled immediately…because he died. If he wanted to protest the decision, he had ‘x’ amount of time in which to do so.

    Maybe Dimitri got the application because the credit card company hired some retired S.S. employees… 🙂

  5. That is a cute story. If I recall right, my hubby’s dad put his dog’s name on something and the dog started getting credit card applications.

    • Patricia – Thanks for stopping by! You’re the second person to tell me about a dog getting a credit card. All these animals running up their credit – No wonder we’re in such a mess. Heehee!

  6. Diana Beebe says:

    Wow! I heard of dogs getting cards and babies, but never a snake! That is crazy!

  7. LOL. Love this! Looks like an adorable children’s story idea!

  8. LOL Lynn, I think this is the best credit card story yet. You should send this to Jay Leno. Or at least, as Candilynn suggested, it would make an adorable story! 🙂

  9. Dimitri and I need to go shopping! A snake with a credit card, now that’s funny. No wonder the country has so much debt. I mean, seriously! This definitely needs to be a children’s story.

    • Karen – So nice to see you here! I thought of Jay Leno. Maybe I’ll add a #JayLeno hashtag to the post on Twitter. Not sure how to send this to him. I’m tossing some ideas around to write a kid’s story based on this. Even if I don’t publish it, it would be fun to write!

    • Tameri – Dimitri would have a blast shopping with you. I bet you’d talk him into getting a cool pink wig and a tiara! Haha! I agree with your comment about why the country has so much debt. It’s insane.

      Seems to be a consensus that this should be a children’s story. Thank you for stopping by!

  10. lynettemburrows says:

    Oh, my gosh. Automation isn’t always a good thing. Lynn, the snake credit card story does sound like something you could turn into a great story. LOL. Yes, count me in with the dog got a credit card crowd. I always wondered what would happen if I finished the application. How would the company collect? What if there were an identity theft of a pet’s credit card? Oh, my, you got me started!

  11. This is too funny! I don’t recall ever hearing of an animal getting a credit card offer! Not smart on the credit card company’s part. That snake can spend and can’t be found. 🙂

  12. That is so funny, and VERY illustrative of the problems with the credit system. Next he’ll be required to go to school! 🙂

    • Jason – This definitely illustrates the problems with credit being so out of control. Yes, next thing we know, he’ll have to register for school. And God help us if they issue him a driver’s license!

  13. susielindau says:

    He must have great credit! Hahaha! Leave it to a snake. They give a lot of snakes credit cards…
    Shouldn’t this be in the newspapers? Or Leno????

  14. Wow, not even my dogs get credit cards! Funniest CC story I know is one of my friends was visiting one time, and we came home from a bar and she had three CCs that weren’t hers. They weren’t from the bar – she’s from out of town, and they were from department stores from her area – that she doesn’t shop at!

    • Jennette – That sounds like the beginning of a mystery! How bizarre is that? And she never figured out where those cards came from? Let’s see, what kind of paranormal twist could you put on this mystery? And there’s got to be a love interest, too, since you’re so good with romance tales. Just kidding. Can’t wait to see what your next book is, though!

  15. What a story, Lynn! Just crazy.

  16. This is scary in more ways then one!! Makes you stop and think about that other scary word – GFC. This story would make a great newspaper headline… 😉

    • Alarna – I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to reply to you. Can you tell I’m not very organized?

      Yes, this is scary in a lot of ways. Imagine all the credit cards issued to fake people or pets, and then if the wrong people get a hold of that info and commit identify theft! It’s like the ripple effect. I think this would make a good headline, but from some of the comments, it seems that a lot of dogs have been issued credit cards, too, so maybe this isn’t so unusual after all!

      I have to confess that I don’t know what GFC stands for!

      • Oh, sorry. I mean – Global Financial Crisis. It just strikes me that the way credit cards are handed out, there’s no wonder there’s a credit crunch. It’s crazy!

        Anyway, please don’t apologise for not replying. You’re completely off the hook from now on!!! 🙂

      • Okay, Global Financial Crisis. Thanks, Alarna! Yes, it’s a very scary think to think about, for sure. The whole financial world is off its rocker!

  17. Uh, this one is the MOST fun to read about. Hahahahaha. That credit card company has GOT to be beside themselves, for sure. I love this, bestie! Mwah! Been meaning to get by.

    • Robyn – Aw, thanks for stopping by, Bestie, when you have so many crises to deal with. I’m so glad you got a kick out of this. Yes, I certainly hope the credit card company realizes its blunder. Otherwise, they’re going to keep making these mistakes!

  18. I think you’ve got me beat on this one!

    • Emily – Welcome! How wonderful that you stopped by. It seems (from the comments anyway) that a lot of dogs have been issued credit cards, but a snake is a bit more unusual. Looking forward to reading more of your posts in the future!

  19. claywatkins says:

    that’s funny! Snakes are one of my fears even non-venomous ones. My brother had a hognose snake when we were growing up and I would help him find toads to feed it. One night it got loose in the house and my mom made him release it to the wild! But, it never got a credit card application!

    • Clay, I feel the same way about snakes, venomous or not! So your brother’s snake ate toads! Yuck! Good for your mom making him release it back to the wild once it got loose in the house. That’s exactly why I wouldn’t let my son get a pet snake. Thanks for stopping in.

  20. cluculzwriter says:

    Hey–maybe it was a follower of your blog who knew if he sent a credit card to Dimitri so you’d post about it! Think maybe that’s true? Oooh, the world’s just getting weirder and weirder. Hopefully, Dimitri doesn’t live close to any malls. LOL

  21. The world is definitely getting weirder and weirder all the time. That would be cool if a follower of my blog did something like that just so I’d post about it, but that’s not the case here. It’s my niece’s snake and my sister-in-law sent me the pics and told me about it, so I think she thought it would be good blog post material. I think she was right, and I had fun playing around with those snake pics! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment.

  22. Julie Glover says:

    Amazing! But here’s what I immediately thought: Another person with a python! I guess they really are good pets. I have a friend with three boys who swears that a python is the perfect pet–because it eats once a week and poops once a week. She doesn’t stay around for the feedings (dad’s job), but she doesn’t have to clean anything either. And hey, if she could go shopping with its credit card… 😀

    • Julie, that’s really interesting about pythons. I didn’t know that, so I can see why people who like snakes would choose a python. I couldn’t deal with the feedings either. But using the snake’s credit card, I think there are a lot of us who could put it to good use! Thanks for stopping by.

  23. Hi, Lynn,
    That story definitely tops anything I’ve ever come across. It tells me there’s no privacy left in the world anymore. Our personal information is fair game.

  24. macswriter says:

    So, if you steal Dimitri’s CC and go on a spending spree, who’s responsible for paying the bill? Just wondering. I used to be terrified of snakes but then there was a kind of petting zoo at a community day event and I held one for a while. Totally changed my attitude. They are really awesome. And contrary to my fears, they feel like a really smooth, sensual muscle. Very nice.

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