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 Friday, Dec. 13, the 347th day of 2013. There are 18 days left in the year. 1863 -- 150 years ago: Merry sleigh bells jingle in our streets in the wake of a driving northwest storm of snow and rain. 1888 -- 125 years ago: Thomas Campbell was elected commander of John Buford Post 243, Grand Army of the Republic. 1913 -- 100 years ago: Thomas B. Reidy was named consul of C.W. Hawes Camp No. 1550, and L.H. Eihl was named consul of Camp 29, Modern Woodmen of America. 1938 -- 75 years ago: Rock Island aldermen last night upheld the view of a petition signed by 150 businessmen that the city should not install parking meters. 1963 -- 50 years ago: Total volume during the Christmas mailing season may reach 12 million pieces in Rock Island, according to Rock Island Postmaster Carl J.L. Wessel. 1988 -- 25 years ago: The aromas filling the air at the Rock Island Lines depot in Rock Island soon will be prime rib and roast duck rather than sawdust and plaster. A tourist train will be offering dinner excursions in mid-February or early March, according to Dan Carmody, executive director of the Development Association of Rock Island.