It’s like a scene out of a bad horror movie.
Fade in: Unsuspecting young woman goes into the kitchen for a snack and picks up a ripe yellow banana. Halfway through eating it, she suddenly notices tiny white spots on the banana’s peel. To her horror, she realizes the spots are moving and are in fact tiny spiders crawling every which way. Cut to scream, fade to black.
But according to Gawker, the nightmare scenario actually happened recently to a British woman, who reportedly didn’t scream at her shocking discovery, but might have had she known the spiders on the banana were among the most venomous on the planet.
“I thought it was mold,” said Consi Taylor, 29. “But when I had a closer look I saw some funny looking spots…and was horrified to see they were spiders. They were hatching out on the table, scurrying around on my carpet.”
Following her initial shock, Taylor’s instinct was to return the bananas to the Sainsbury’s grocery store where she bought them.
At first, a Sainsbury’s employee offered her the princely sum of 10 pounds (roughly $16 Canadian) as compensation. But Taylor had also sent a picture of the crawling beasties to a pest-control specialist, who immediately advised her to take her husband and two young children and get out of the house as soon as possible.
As it turns out, the tiny arachnids were actually Brazilian wandering spiders, also known as banana spiders, which are extremely aggressive, highly venomous and deemed “most toxic” by the Guinness World Records people. The pest expert advised her that a full-house fumigation was necessary.
Not surprisingly, Sainsbury’s offered to pay the full cost of the exterminating her southwest London residence, along with the hotel bill for Taylor and her family.
Sainsbury’s also issued an official apology to Taylor for the incident, at the same time insisting that it maintains “rigorous controls on imported products at all stages.”
And what about the poor women who bought the spider-infested bananas in the first place? It doesn’t sound like Taylor has fully recovered from the trauma.