A Quad-Cities woman is demanding financial compensation after she said she was bitten by a snake at the America's Best Inn in Moline on May 25.
Carol VanLandegen, no hometown available, said she was sleeping in her second-floor motel room when a snake, hiding in her bed, bit her left heel, according to an arbitration suit filed Thursday in Rock Island County Circuit Court.
Ms. Vanlandegen, who sought hospital treatment for the bite, claims the motel should have checked the boxsprings of their beds and taken greater care to ensure that "wild animals" would not find their way into guest rooms, the complaint states.
On Friday, motel manager Nirmal Singh called the allegations "monkey business" and said "I don't know what she's talking about. There is no snake on my property."
Ms. VanLandegen's attorney, Michael Warner of Rock Island, said his client believes the snake was a python.
He said an arbitration hearing is expected to be scheduled on Dec. 14.
Today is Wednesday, Aug. 20, the 232nd day of 2014. There are 133 days left in the year. 1864 -- 150 years ago: Quite a number of Negroes have lately been brought here by abolition offers returning from the army in violation of the laws of the state. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Miss Tillie Denkmann, of Rock Island, was making plans to accompany a Davenport family on a tour of Europe. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The German advance into Belgium was going apparently without serious check. The American ambassador at Berlin published a denial of the charge that Americans had been ill-treated in Germany. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Seventy-two members of Rock Island High School's 1939 graduating class are preparing to enter college — 34 of them at Augustana. 1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the oldest buildings in Milan, which for a number of years has housed the Milan Hotel, will be razed to make way for a modern, two-story office structure. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Some are blaming it on the sudden influx of insects and the extreme humidity. Still others say the invasion was inspired by a recent movie. But whatever the reason, the Quad-Cities is swarming with bats.