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Watch New Yorkers Freak Out When a Taxi Driver Pranks Them With a Live Snake

Fasten your ssssseatbelts

A New York City cab driver has gotten his taxi license suspended for two years after publishing video of a prank in which a 14-foot Burmese python slithered into the back seat, freaking out passengers, Gothamist reports via TMZ

After the video was first published on YouTube last week, a spokesperson for the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission told the news website that the stunt was “monumentally poor judgement” on the part of the driver Jimmy Failla, a comedian who did it to promote his new book Follow That Car!: A Cabbie’s Guide To Conquering Fears, Achieving Dreams, and Finding a Public Restroom. PETA’s communication director also said loud noises, like shrieking passengers, could be “extremely stressful” for live snakes and suggested using a rubber one instead.

On Twitter today, jokester Failla confirms that his days as a taxi cab driver are hissstory:

Calling the stunt and its aftermath “reptile dysfunction,” TMZ reports Failla claims he has been approached by producers who want him to pull the prank in other places.

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