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Family forced to flee home after deadly spiders start hatching out of bananas
Metro.co.uk ^ | November 4, 2013 | Metro

Posted on 11/05/2013 8:45:45 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

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 but that wasn’t the end of the story.

The couple and their two young children were forced to flee their home after sending a picture of the infestation to a pest control firm – who promptly told the Taylors they might be venomous Brazilian Wandering spiders.

The family escaped their London home for three days with Benjamin, three, and four-month-old Annabel, after the firm’s email warned: ‘The Brazilian Wandering Spider is venomous and should be considered dangerous. We have to take huge care and diligence.’

Following the lengthy fumigation, the family had to dry-clean all their clothes and racked up a total bill of £1,000 which covered hotel costs and pest control measures – which Sainsbury’s paid for them.

The spiders, also known as Phoneutria, are indigenous to South America and parts of Central America such as Costa Rica.

They are extremely toxic and can cause convulsions and in mammals if they bite them.

‘I hope I didn’t eat one but I can’t be sure. I now have a phobia of buying bananas. We don’t know whether they’ve all gone,’ Consi added.


TOPICS: Food; Health/Medicine; Pets/Animals; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: bananas; danger; london; spiders
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Family forced to flee home after deadly South American spiders start hatching out of Sainsbury’s bananas

1 posted on 11/05/2013 8:45:45 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: al baby; Allegra; BufordP; EveningStar; JRios1968; Lazamataz; martin_fierro; pax_et_bonum; ...

DANG!


2 posted on 11/05/2013 8:46:11 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Major brain damage at UMES, but no property damage!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I hate it when that happens.


3 posted on 11/05/2013 8:47:10 PM PST by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: Drango

Yes, I’ve gone through three houses because of that sh*t.


4 posted on 11/05/2013 8:48:39 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Major brain damage at UMES, but no property damage!)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Is the convulsions if the mammals bite the spiders or the other way around?


5 posted on 11/05/2013 8:50:28 PM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com/2013/10/04/nicolae-hussein-obama/)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Sounds like the beginning of a SyFy channel CGI-monster-of-the-week movie.


6 posted on 11/05/2013 8:50:41 PM PST by Alex Murphy ("the defacto Leader of the FR Calvinist Protestant Brigades")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I always rinse my bananas off just as soon as I get them home because I don’t like fruit flies. Probably works on spiders too.


7 posted on 11/05/2013 8:51:11 PM PST by Slyfox (Satan's goal is to rub out the image of God he sees in the face of every human.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Belafonte’s Fault.


8 posted on 11/05/2013 8:51:44 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Day-o, day-ay-ay-o.


9 posted on 11/05/2013 8:52:02 PM PST by MUDDOG
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Oh I’m the type of arachnid
That can never settle down,
I’m the wanderer, the wanderer—
I wander ‘round and ‘round and ‘round and ‘round.

Thank you. Thank you very much.


10 posted on 11/05/2013 8:53:02 PM PST by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

11 posted on 11/05/2013 8:53:06 PM PST by EEGator
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Arachniphobia!


12 posted on 11/05/2013 8:54:02 PM PST by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

I wonder how a Brazilian Wandering Spider ends up in a Columbian Fair Trade banana.


13 posted on 11/05/2013 8:54:12 PM PST by ToastedHead
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Sorry, I thought this was about today’s election results.


14 posted on 11/05/2013 8:54:54 PM PST by Pajamajan (Pray for our nation. Thank the Lord for everything you have. Don't wait. Do it today.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
RUN AWAY !!


15 posted on 11/05/2013 8:56:10 PM PST by Delta 21 (Oh Crap !! Did I say that out loud ??!??)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

That’s just a little bonus for buying free trade bananas.

I don’t know what they mean by “hatching out.” I think there are some spiders where there will be 100’s of already hatched baby spiders that will ride around on momma spider’s back though.


16 posted on 11/05/2013 8:58:59 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: humblegunner; TheMom

:-)


17 posted on 11/05/2013 9:01:33 PM PST by pax_et_bonum (Never Forget the Seals of Extortion 17 - and God Bless Americad)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
a bunch of Sainsbury’s bananas.

Sure. Somebody's going to sue. I NEVER believe ANY of these stories anymore.

18 posted on 11/05/2013 9:16:12 PM PST by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Might be deadly rare spiders.

Better give us a lot of money...


19 posted on 11/05/2013 9:27:32 PM PST by ifinnegan
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To: ToastedHead

“I wonder how a Brazilian Wandering Spider ends up in a Columbian Fair Trade banana.”

Good question.

But, it might be deadly. Better gives s a thousand dollars to be on the safe side.

Might be Godzilla, too.


20 posted on 11/05/2013 9:31:01 PM PST by ifinnegan
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

They send the Brazilians money, and the Brazilians send them deadly spiders. So THAT is how this “fairtrade” stuff works!


21 posted on 11/05/2013 9:46:51 PM PST by Boogieman
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To: ToastedHead

“I wonder how a Brazilian Wandering Spider ends up in a Columbian Fair Trade banana.”

I guess that’s why they’re called “wandering”.

I say this headline before, I’m just so, so glad this story happened in England. And I’ll keep buying my bananas from the eeeevil capitalist exploiters: Chiquita!


22 posted on 11/05/2013 9:50:57 PM PST by jocon307
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Did they throw the bananas out????


23 posted on 11/05/2013 9:52:51 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: All

I’m glad that people here are treating this story with skepticism. I sent it to an arachnologist friend after seeing it on Twitter. He says they may well have been a harmless species. Identifying from photographs is unreliable, and pest control companies are notorious for mis-identifying, either because they really are ignorant or else want to make more money off the customer. Some are ethical, but others leave a lot to be desired. Notice the word “might.”
The vast majority of spiders are harmless to humans, and many are beneficial. Most things that people(and doctors) assume are spider bites aren’t and it usually turns out that the individual didnt see what bit them.

The Spider Myths Site
http://www.washington.edu/burkemuseum/spider myth/


24 posted on 11/05/2013 10:04:29 PM PST by crazycatlady
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To: All

I’m glad that people here are treating this story with skepticism. I sent it to an arachnologist friend after seeing it on Twitter. He says they may well have been a harmless species. Identifying from photographs is unreliable, and pest control companies are notorious for mis-identifying, either because they really are ignorant or else want to make more money off the customer. Some are ethical, but others leave a lot to be desired. Notice the word “might.”
The vast majority of spiders are harmless to humans, and many are beneficial. Most things that people(and doctors) assume are spider bites aren’t and it usually turns out that the individual didnt see what bit them.

The Spider Myths Site
http://www.washington.edu/burkemuseum/spider myth/


25 posted on 11/05/2013 10:04:30 PM PST by crazycatlady
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To: All

Sorry, that link doesn’t seem to work, and to add insult. To injury, I accidentally posted it twice.

http://www.washington.edu/burkemuseum/spidermyth/


26 posted on 11/05/2013 10:08:54 PM PST by crazycatlady
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To: All

That one works.


27 posted on 11/05/2013 10:11:07 PM PST by crazycatlady
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

!


28 posted on 11/05/2013 10:15:35 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income & tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: Delta 21
that's so kewl!
..the strobe is effective.

29 posted on 11/05/2013 10:19:55 PM PST by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,$pend it all today;who can take your income & tax it all away..0'Blowfly can :-)
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To: ifinnegan
"Might be Godzilla." (Google Image Search: Gozilla with Banana)
30 posted on 11/05/2013 10:25:26 PM PST by ToastedHead
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To: ToastedHead

Yes. See! That proves it.


31 posted on 11/05/2013 10:43:57 PM PST by ifinnegan
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
“Dayyyyy-o! Day-ay-ay-o! Daylight come and me wan’ go ’ome...”
32 posted on 11/05/2013 10:48:02 PM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
"The couple and their two young children were forced to flee their home after sending a picture of the infestation to a pest control firm – who promptly told the Taylors they might be venomous Brazilian Wandering spiders. "


33 posted on 11/05/2013 10:51:48 PM PST by DemforBush (Leave the gun, take the catnip toy.)
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To: crazycatlady

thanks crazycatlady :).


34 posted on 11/05/2013 11:49:11 PM PST by GOP Poet
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Well, the democrats have infested Virginia from a northern carpetbag.


35 posted on 11/06/2013 4:21:10 AM PST by outofsalt ("If History teaches us anything it's that history rarely teaches us anything")
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

36 posted on 11/06/2013 5:30:23 AM PST by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

37 posted on 11/06/2013 5:31:03 AM PST by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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