Imagine preparing to eat a banana and realizing that dozens of the world’s most venomous spider are crawling all over it. Really, imagine it.
Because that’s what one unlucky woman experienced, and now she has a (understandable) phobia of buying bananas.
Consi Taylor, 29, of London, told The Sun that she saw “funny looking spots” on her banana that she first thought was only mold.
“[B]ut 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,” she said.
To make matters worse, she would later discover that the dozens of spiders were Brazilian wandering spiders, or banana spiders — and they are highly venomous.
Taylor returned the bananas to the Sainsbury’s supermarket where she purchased them and was reportedly offered $16 as a result of the disturbing incident. However, after she sent pictures of the spiders to a pest control expert, he urged Taylor and her family to get out of their home until it could be fumigated because the spiders are deadly.
Once the grocery store realized it was technically responsible for the nightmare scenario, the chain apologized and offered to pay for the extermination and a hotel room for the family to stay at in the meantime.
“I hope I didn’t eat one but I can’t be sure,” she added. “I now have a phobia of buying bananas. We don’t know whether they’ve all gone.”