Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem insists 'there are no snakes here'
The Pennsylvania Casino have denied claims that there may be snakes inside the building following posts on social media of a snake bite
Heather Saul is a digital reporter for The Independent, currently working on the People desk. She has written news and features across a number of topics, paying particular attention to the activities of Isis and events in Iraq, Syria, Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Wednesday 29 January 2014
An eastern Pennsylvania casino has denied a bizarre
online claim that patrons are being bitten by snakes at the Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem.
Casino spokeswoman Julia Corwin told The Express-Times that there have been no reported snake encounters at the Sands, following claims allegedly made on Facebook that someone who was diagnosed with a snake bite was asked by a doctor if they had visited the casino.
Ms Corwin said: “If I saw a snake I would jump on a table. If there was any sighting of this there would be no way that we couldn't know about it.”
The casino said it became aware of rumours of snakes in the premises via social media. Ms Corwin added that if a snake had entered the building, it would have been captured on CCTV.
She told the Express Times that the initial post about a snake in the building was widely circulated and then "modified".
"It seems like there was one post that was going around and then it's been kind of modified in a bunch of different directions," she said.
State police operate a station at the casino. Trooper William Ortiz said there were “absolutely zero snakes” inside the venue.
Sands Bethlehem, owned by Las Vegas Sands Corporation, also issued a statement that said: "There have been no reported incidents of snakes on our property. We do not allow any animals on property with the exception of service animals.”
Additional reporting by Associated Press
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