By Jon Keller

BOSTON (CBS) – Remember a few weeks back when Melissa Moorhouse, the Allston woman who lost her pet boa constrictor on a Red Line train back in January got a bill from the T for $650 for what it cost them to clean up the car it nested in?

Listen to Jon’s commentary:

I spoke with her on the phone for awhile and she seemed like a perfectly nice person, so I was not entirely unsympathetic when I read last night that she’s refusing to reimburse the T, claiming that “if the T officials had given me any respect or listened to me in the first place, this wouldn’t have happened.”

But the T isn’t backing down. They’re threatening to turn her bill over to a collection agency.

And I’m here to tell you, Melissa, sometimes, you’ve just gotta pay the fine. Part of being an adult means you have to acknowledge when the other side of the story trumps your own.

You claim the snake isn’t poisonous and never posed a threat, but considering the way many people feel about snakes, you’re lucky no one spotted her and took a fatal heart attack.

And you claim the T didn’t need to clean up after Penelope, but federal safety regulations say otherwise.

Melissa, I believe you meant no harm and the whole incident mushroomed out of control in a way you never intended.

But the bottom line is you broke the rules about pets on the T. You made a mistake in a public place, it had monetary consequences and you are liable for those consequences.

Melissa, holding your breath until you turn blue is a child’s game, not that of a grown woman.

Pay the fine.

Work out a payment plan, make it ten bucks a week for the next 65 weeks, whatever, just pay the fine.

You’ll feel better, we’ll feel better about you, and you’ll be setting a good example – for Penelope.

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Comments (11)
  1. emom says:

    This is crazy, she breaks the rules and expects the world to be symithetic. really. the only animal that is truely allowed on the t or anywhere is service animals, I dont believe a snake meets those requirements. This is an example of teens and young adults bucking the systemfor their own agender. Feeling their rights are being stifled, If we DO make exceptions for one or even a few, we would then have to do it for each and every person. Which so many KNOW it is wrong. There are people that fear snakes, so it is reasonable if someone came across this snake there could have been a serious issue. Besides, this snake got loose do to neglagence of the owner. Regaurless that it was harmless, Its a snake and yes they can Bite, and how long was she, about 3 feet, what if she had crawled into a carriage of and infant, it could be possible to constrict around that baby especially a very young baby. there were some dangers with this snake, and she needs to be a more responsibile pet owner. Plus you cant leash a snake. PAY THE FINE AND GET OVER IT.

  2. ENUFF says:

    The “T” should let it go. What was it? $650.00? thats only a days pay for a “T” worker.

  3. Jan Boyden says:

    COMPROMISE. Split the bill in half.

  4. JEBT says:

    I am one of those people who is terrified of snakes! She had no business bringing her pet onto the train. She broke the rules, now act like an adult accept responsibilty for your actions and pay the bill~

  5. Brett says:

    NO compromise! She lost a massive snake on a subway train! Pay the damn fine and consider yourself lucky the snake did not hurt anyone or that you didn’t get charged…

  6. Joe says:

    This is the problem with people to day. It’s never their fault and their always looking to pass the blame to someone else. And most of the time it’s always to the person that has the bigger check book. Here we have a person that can not fallow a simple rule NO pet’s. So now the T has to clean the train by law and pay the cleaning crew to do it. Now here the bigger check book is the T or us the tax payer. Look she did the crime now it time to pay not us as tax payers or riders.

  7. Dave Durham says:

    She can’t pay she hasn’t got enough money, the poor dear’s disability payments aren’t very much. A young able bodied person like herself shouldn’t have to pay for her own mistakes just as she shouldn’t have to work. That’s ok Melissa; we the adults of the world will take care of your bill, AGAIN!

  8. response says:

    if she can afford to pay food for two snakes, she can afford the fine.
    I have no sympathy for her

  9. Ed Dracut says:

    Sell the snakes to pay her fine. I have pets 2 dogs and a cat. I can’t see what people see in reptiles as pets. But this is America and so long as the pet owners follow the rules there should be no problems. But as I am responsable for my pets so should she and anyone else should be for there pets no matter how exotic they are..

  10. mikey says:

    Melissa’s a freakin’ idiot.

  11. taxedout says:

    This is Mass, she should SUE the T for Mental Cruelty!!!!! 2 million I’m guessing!!!

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