Sainsbury's Bananas in "Death Spiders" PR Crisis

By Gary Cutlack on at

A London family was ordered to run out of their home by a pest control team, after a batch of deadly spiders crawled out of their bunch of Sainsbury's bananas.

The Colombian bananas were the impromptu home for a family of nomadic Brazilian Wandering Spiders, which are among the deadliest and most poisonous in the world. When mother Consi Taylor sent a picture of the things to pest control officers, they told her to get out of the house. No messing about with mugs and bits of cardboard or vacuuming them up, JUST RUN.

Mrs Taylor is quoted in The Sun as saying: "I got halfway through the banana when I saw something white on the skin. I thought it was mould but when I had a closer look I saw some funny looking spots. 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 was offered a £10 refund upon returning the bananas to Sainsbury's, although the supermarket has since picked up the £1,000 tab for having her house and clothes fumigated. [Standard]

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