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Cabbie terrifies passengers with live python

Cabbie Terrifies Passengers with Live Python

A New York City cab driver and comedian could lose his license after scaring his passengers with a live, massive snake.

Jimmy Failla says he doesn't care if his license goes, but the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission says he used 'monumentally poor judgment.'



Failla says he borrowed the cab and didn't charge riders, pointing out he hasn't actively worked as a cab driver since 2010. He posted the video to YouTube along with a link to a book he wrote about his adventures in cab driving, and says the snake stunt was a promotional push.

None of the riders have filed complaints over the snake situation. Gothamist spoke to Failla's publicist, who says all the riders ultimately signed release forms.

Sneaky. Whoops. Snakey. We meant snakey.

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jorichholly March 13 2014 at 2:45 PM

If the story is authentic, the outcome could have been tragic for an elderly passenger or a passenger with a compromised heart/health condition, etc. Innocent, law abiding citizens who were simply trying to get from point A to point B whether for work or pleasure were subjected to a this self-professed "comedian's" assault. The Taxi Cab Driver acted with a complete disregard to his passengers safety, he acted with malice. This is a clear example of an intentional and/or negligent infliction of emotional distress. He should be charged with a variety of issues and shame on NYC's mayor if this is left unaddressed as a simple prank. Dumb is Dangerous. The Riders "ultimately signing release forms" as reported lends one to think that everyone involved was part of an amateur gimmick to get few days of internet coverage.

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nickguyol March 13 2014 at 1:02 PM

Someone should have cut the snake's head off.

Oh, WHICH snake? Does it matter?

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Mary March 13 2014 at 4:41 PM

What a moron. What if someone had had a heart attack or jumped out into traffic? Or pulled a gun and shot the darn snake!

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Maggje March 13 2014 at 12:45 PM

Considering a cab license in New York cost is one million dollars for a company someone is going to lose his job.

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CHUCKIE March 13 2014 at 12:06 PM

What an a-hole, but what do you expect with all these ambush style reality shows all over the tube? This idiot probably thinks he's a creative genius!

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Evelyn Valerie March 13 2014 at 4:51 PM

I can't write what I think about him.....
Many people are terrified of animals (much less a snake).....
Only he thinks he's funny.

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ChingOW Mango March 13 2014 at 5:10 PM

I hope this idiot and his snake crawl back under the rock they crawled out from. I wouldn't buy his book just because of this. Publicity stunt?

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Tommy Boy March 13 2014 at 5:24 PM

It's a wonder some guy just didn't get out and smack him in his "un-funny prank" face.

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bryanmerrittper2 March 13 2014 at 11:36 AM

Idiot....

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David S. March 13 2014 at 1:09 PM

Stupid man.......

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