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All Paul Wright wanted was a banana. But when the hapless Briton opened the supermarket-bought plastic bag filled with the fruit, out leapt a tropical spider which promptly bit him on the arm.

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Hmmm very ULish.

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Reminds me of an idot around here in R.I. recently. She bought a package of fresh grapes at the supermarket, and her kids noticed an "odd spider" in the grapes. They decided to keep it as a pet. They put it in a container and "fed" it grapes (yeah, there's a brain trust- feeding spiders grapes [Roll Eyes] ). The husband comes home to see what the kids are up to, and he's curious about this odd spider as well.

I can't recall where exactly he took the spider anymore - I think it was a vet friend of his - and was promptly told they've been fooling around with a Black Widow Spider.

I'd say, "How stupid are these people?! It's like not recognizing a scorpion; even if you've never seen one in person before, you still know what one looks like!" But these are people who thought spiders eat grapes.

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There was another case in a supermarket here in the UK (can't remember which one, googling for a link...) where a warehouse worker got bitten in the face by a spider when unpacking a delivery of bananas. Was all across the national tv news.
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Having said that Tesco's (the supermarket where the pensioner bought the bananas) don't seem to be having much luck, I just found this:

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Spiders found in supermarket's grapes: The supermarket chain Tesco say they're stepping up checks of their exported fruit for exotic spiders, after shoppers - including one from Stoke on Trent - found them amongst grapes. Chris Whittaker found a spider after buying a bunch of grapes from Tesco in Meir Park. In recent months, in separate incidents at Tesco stores, three black widow spiders have been found. The company admit to using spiders as natural predators to protect fruit, as an alternative to chemicals, but say they don't use black widows.
BBC - Stoke and Staffordshire Local news
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For a country that imports most of it's fruit and one that has practically no dangerous creepy crawlies to claim it's own, it's no great mystery why the media keep their ears to the ground for stories like these - they do happen all the time as it's inevitable a few spiders et al are going to crop up in the millions of tons of fruit flown into the country every day, it's just the spiders that get the headlines - if it was aphids or caterpillars or what have you there'd be no news.

It's well known that scorpions have made their home on our south coast dockland areas due to the warmer climate, having arrived off the banana boats from their native climes.

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There was a tree frog found in my local supermarket. It was taken to the local aquarium which has a rainforest zone.
Ugh, this whole thing freaks me out, its enough to put me off eating fruit forever. I mean if black widow bit you in Scotland I doubt very much whether theyre going to have the antidote in your local hospital since all our creepy crawlie things are harmless. I know statistically the chances of that happening are exceptionally remote but I dont like spiders at the best of times the idea of poisonous ones is really bad.

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There was a tree frog found in my local supermarket. It was taken to the local aquarium which has a rainforest zone.
Ugh, this whole thing freaks me out, its enough to put me off eating fruit forever. I mean if black widow bit you in Scotland I doubt very much whether theyre going to have the antidote in your local hospital since all our creepy crawlie things are harmless. I know statistically the chances of that happening are exceptionally remote but I dont like spiders at the best of times the idea of poisonous ones is really bad.

You're right - in Scotland the chances of being bitten by a black widow are remote. I mean statistically, you're far more likely to be....bitten by one of our new-found population of wolf spiders! Eek!

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I worked produce (greens) at a major chain store while in high school. Finding big crawlies especially in bananna boxes was not uncommon.

The biggest I ever found dropped on the back of my hand and pretty much covered it. Fortunantely it was extremely sluggish; especially after the scream, toss and wall impact [Smile] .

Hey, those Scottish wolf spiders are kind of small. What kind of verminous insect could we send over for eats?

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quote:
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All Paul Wright wanted was a banana. But when the hapless Briton opened the supermarket-bought plastic bag filled with the fruit, out leapt a tropical spider which promptly bit him on the arm.

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This happened to a friend on mine. He owns his own business. Well a worker called up and said she needed somone to come over to kill a spider. She said the spider had her trapped in the basement. So my friend laughs a little and drives on over to her house. He said the spider was HUGE and he understood her fear. It appears that the spiders sometimes make it through it banana crates. She bought a crate of them from a farmers market. The farmer said normally you do not get them at the grovery store since they have all been sorted etc. It is rare but it does happen.
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Umm, are you sure you've got the right link? When I click on it, I get a document not found message from Yahoo.

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When I worked at Home Depot, I was watering the indoor potted plants, and a tiny lizard scampered out from between the pots! We don't have many lizards in Ohio, and they would be in the woods, anyway, so this one probably came from whatever greenhouse/tree farm where the big potted plants came from. I tried to catch it, but it disappeared and I never found it again.

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Mwahahaha...y'all wouldn't last a minute in the jungles of South Florida. [Wink]

I find this whole thread funny, that there are places in the world where spiders and lizards and critters in buildings and food is considered odd. Here's it's strange if you don't routinely gets lizards, bugs, and frogs in your house (not to mention mildew) and, occasionally, snakes, raccoons, possums, armadillos, land crabs, etc.

I've witnessed people from up north completely freak out because a lizard got in their apartment. Others who screamed because they saw a snake inside the city limits. I just laughed and laughed and laughed... [Razz]

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Heeheee, I know what you're saying. Especially in central/south Florida, there are lizards and frogs everywhere...and spiders, roaches, and basically everything else. I've gotten to the point where I ignore spiders, unless they're REALLY big ones. I read in a book on Florida spiders that someone started a colony of tarantulas. What were they thinking?
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Our cats have a tendency to bring home the worst of the Sonora's creepy crawlies. Lizards, spiders, skinks, and the occasional snake--nothing poisonous, though. Luckily, it's been a long time since my last encounter with a black widow.
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Gross, gross, gross.

It happenes quite a lot in the UK. I've written stories on a local woman stung by a scorpion in a bunch of bananas at our local supermarket and many years ago covered a story about an IT company that shipped in some goods in one of those huge metal sealed containers.

When they opened it they found a nest of Black Widows an the whole place had to be fumigated.

Once again, gross. I don't mind spiders if they are lickle but big spiders are scarier.

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quote:
Originally posted by Wild Otaku Making Ramen Noodles:
Umm, are you sure you've got the right link? When I click on it, I get a document not found message from Yahoo.

So do I, but I found it on the BBC.
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When I lived for 3 years in CA I worked at a discount chain store and we'd get tarantulas all the time in the store but they at least were from the area. I even had to capture one once so I could let it out back since I was the only one not running and screaming about it LOL.

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"I put them in the sink to wash them, and I saw a spider web and didn't think anything of it. And all of a sudden, I saw a big black spider," the woman said. "(It had) one or two orange spots. But it just freaked me out."
Yet another in the latest Spider in the grapes story.

Love the reply from the store. (Cover up? What cover up?)

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The store refunded Cole's money and gave her $50 worth of gift certificates.


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I have heard of an insident where a woman found a black widow in her grapes, and the store said that they were from California. That does not suprise me. Here we try to use a lot less pestisides on our food. The black widows make their webs on the grapes in hopes of catching other insects. [Razz]

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Back in school I read a case in my torts textbook about a woman bitten by a spider because it was in the pocket of the pants she was trying on at a clothing store. She was suing the store for the spider bites.
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Austrailia has hundreds of different types of spiders. The huntsman is one of the scariest, check this one out about half-way down the page. Ask most Aussies about them they will call em' "cute",they are usual about the size of your hand, but i have heard stories of hub-cap size one's (UL??) they dont bite but they do have a habit of hanging around on the ceiling (no pun intended) when you knock them or go near them they usualy drop straight on top of you. The stuff of nightmares [Roll Eyes] watch out if you dont like spiders....

http://www.xs4all.nl/~ednieuw/australian/Thumbnails/Thumbnails.htm

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