Eric BlairSeptember 14th

In what seems like a fairly extreme interpretation of the regulations around wearing face coverings on public transport, a man has been spotted using a live snake as a mask on a bus. 

As reported by the Manchester Evening News, the man apparently boarded the bus from Swinton in Salford to Manchester City Centre, where understandably he attracted the attentions of the other passengers.

One witness, who did not wish to give her name, told the MEN that the sight was ‘definitely entertaining’. 

The 46-year-old, from Swinton, said: “He had it wrapped around his face like a mask getting on the bus. At first I thought he had a really funky mask on, then he let it crawl around the hand rails.

“No one was really bothered on the bus but a man behind took a video. It was definitely entertaining.” 

A series of photos of the unusual event was later shared to the Facebook group 'Swinton People' where other residents of the area have been sharing their thoughts…

One person said: "No way would I be on that bus with that.” While another wrote: "I'd have run off screaming the place down, either that or passed out cold."

However, not everyone was so put off by the presence of the reptile, with another commenter pointing out that the man ‘shouldn't have too many problems getting people to social distance’.

Someone else pointed out that the bus driver may even have welcomed the unusual passenger on board. “Bus driver might be a snake guy too and know that's a snake that's calm and placid and wouldn't go for anyone that walked past or anything,” they wrote.

"Even if somebody went and sat on that seat right next to them it still wouldn't go for ya [sic].”

It’s still probably better to just where a regular old mask, if a little boring in comparison!

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The description on the website reads: “Personalised face masks have been an increasingly common sight in cities and amongst commuters, and recent events have massively increased their use, even those that aren't medically certified.

“These masks are one size, with elasticated loops to ensure a comfortable fit. Breathable, soft material ensures a balance between comfort and style. Face is 100% Polyester, with a 100% cotton lining for comfort. 20cm wide with elasticated straps for a universal fit. Washable and easy to care for.”

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