Q: What’s worse than finding a maggot in your banana?
A: Half a maggot
A: A BUNCH OF DEADLY FUCKING SPIDERS.
No seriously, that’s exactly what happened to a British woman who was offered £10 [$16] in compensation from supermarket Sainsbury’s for having the world’s deadliest spiders jump out at her from a bag of bananas. FromMetro:
A family had to move into a hotel and fumigate their home after deadly South American spiders began hatching out of a bunch of Sainsbury’s bananas.
Terrified Consi Taylor, 29, said she saw something that looked like mould on a Colombian Fairtrade banana she was eating.
However, on closer inspection she said she saw some ‘funny looking spots’ and realised something was wrong.
‘I had a closer look and was horrified to see they were spiders. They were hatching out on the table, scurrying around on my carpet. I was so scared I started crying,’ she told The Sun.
Sainsbury’s initially gave Consi and her husband Richard, 37, a £10 voucher to make up for their troubles.
After the house was fumigated, the family had have their house fumigated and all their clothes dry-cleaned. Including the hotel they stayed in, the costs ran to £1,000 ($1600). Sainsbury’s paid the family’s expenses. Here’s the Wikipedia entry on the deadly creature:
Phoneutria, commonly known as Brazilian wandering spiders, armed spiders (“armadeiras”, as they are known in Portuguese), or banana spiders (not to be confused with the relatively harmless Nephila), are a genus of aggressive and venomous spiders of potential medical significance to humans. They are mainly found in tropical South America, with one species in Central America. These spiders are members of the Ctenidae family of wandering spiders.
How deadly are they? Pretty damn lethal if you don’t have the antidote:
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