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Tesco shopper finds deadly spider in bananas whose bite could give a man a four hour erection

The spider's bite can give a man a four hour erection

Horror: Maria believes the creepy crawly she found was the deadly Brazilian Wandering Spider

A mum had the fright of her life when she discovered a rare and deadly spider hiding in a bunch of supermarket bananas – whose venom can give a man a four hour erection.

Maria Layton, 43, opened the bag of fruit she bought from Tesco to find they were infested with eggs which she believes are from the Brazilian Wandering Spider – the most deadly in the world.

She searched Google and found out the species is deadly and its venom can kill a human in just two hours, but can also give male victims a painful four-hour erection.

As soon as Maria spotted the cocoon the spiders started to hatch so she quickly put them in a sealed container in the freezer and called Tesco customer services.

The spider’s venom is currently being studied for use in erectile dysfunction treatments.

SWNS The banana complete with erection giving spiders found by shopper Maria Layton

Hatching: The bananas carried eggs from the deadly spider ready to hatch

Mother-of-two Maria went to open the bag for her eldest daughter Siri, six, but noticed there was something strange on the side of one of the bananas, which had been imported from Costa Rica.

The full-time mum said: “My husband bought the bananas from Tesco, they had been in the house a whole day before I ripped the bag open.

“Siri asked for a banana. The first banana had a funny bit on it, so I got another one for her and that was when I found the massive spider cocoon.

“There was a spider web on the other bananas too.

“I recognised it because I remembered seeing a news story about them, so when I saw the cocoon it rang a bell and I thought I should check it so I Google’d it.

“I went through the images and there was an image which looked very similar to mine.

“I was so scared – I don’t like spiders at the best of times, but have read about the Brazilian Wandering Spiders – and was very frightened about the potential threat.

“The spider cocoon started to unfurl so I put it in a sealed box and put it in the freezer as I read that that is supposed to kill them.”

Getty Brazilian Wandering Spider

Rare: The venomous wandering spider which Maria Layton identified from Google

“I’m glad it was me rather than Siri that opened the bananas, I think the spiders are more likely to bite small children rather than older people,” she added.

The Brazilian Wandering Spider are mainly active during the night, and walk across the jungle floor.

But during the day they hide inside banana plants hence the nickname ‘banana spider’.

Maria Layton lives in Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol, and her husband bought the bananas from a branch of Tesco in Pontardawe in South Wales.

Shocked by her discovery, and the threat to her and her children – Siri, six, and Phoebe, three, Maria contacted Tesco customer services.

Tesco said that Maria should bring the bananas, deadly spiders and all, back to the store so that the bar code could be scanned and her money refunded.

Maria said: “Tesco were a bit useless, I was really concerned about the possibility of this dangerous spider and spider eggs in my house and really wanted some helpful advice on how to act.

“I wasn’t sure if other spiders or eggs had escaped when I ripped the bag open.

“I posted the picture on Tesco Facebook page and they told me to send the wrapper in so they could get the bar-code to refund me.”

SWNS The banana complete with erection giving spiders found by shopper Maria Layton

Refund: Tesco told shopper Maria Layton to take the fruit back to the store

“I was shocked, they failed to see the potential threat to me and my family and thought I was only interested in having a pound or so back,” the mum added.

“I called Food Standards but they said it wasn’t anything to do with them, I called Trading Standards but they were shut.

“I spent an hour-and-a-half ringing round trying to get some help – while I had this potentially killer spider in the house.”

A spokesperson for Tesco said: “We’ve apologised to Mrs Layton and offered a gesture of goodwill.

“We’ve asked her to return the product to our store so we can conduct a full investigation.”

Sourced from mirror.com



Here Are 15 Ways Grocery Stores Are Totally & Completely Manipulating You

 “Grocery Store Confessions” sounds like the title to an amazing reality TV show. It’s incredible how we all spend an enormous chunk of time throughout the year at the market and we’re not entirely sure why. Somehow, we always turn a quick trip to buy milk into a $120 run. How do they get us to do that?

These “confessions” will teach you 15 incredible ways grocery stores manipulate you into spending way more money than you thought possible. Seriously, learning #8 alone will blow your mind.

1. Big margin product pairings

Grabbing some chips? Sounds good. But why not get some salsa with it, too?

2. Shelf space is at a premium.

Retailers pay big bucks to have food placed at eye level. Also, they “conveniently” put food for kids on the low shelf for wandering little hands.

3. Manipulating the layout.

Staples like milk and bread are placed in random spots, forcing you to look at a ton of other products before you finally get that gallon of 2%.

4. Reward programs track your spending.

You’ll “conveniently” get coupons for just one more needed item.

5. Deceptive deals get people ALL THE TIME.

Termed “price anchoring,” just because something’s half off doesn’t mean they ever intended to sell it at full price. Don’t forget, “Buy One, Get One Half Off” sale is actually only 25 percent off each.

6. Want to hear that song again?

Slow music is played to in order for you to want to stroll through the store, take your time, and spend more money.

7. Fresh baked sales…err…smells.

At the very least, you’ll now want to buy a baked good. Even worse, you’ll find that you suddenly have an appetite and buy more groceries.

8. Veggie showers make them rot faster.

The added weight also increases the per pound cost at the register.

9. Oversized shopping carts FTW.

As a test, researches doubled the size of grocery carts. The result? Consumers purchased 19% more items.

10. Checkout lanes.

Waiting in that long line deserves a reward, right? The grocers certainly think so.

11. Pre-cut fruits and veggies have insane markups.

For example, a six-ounce bag of shredded carrots costs about five times more than a similar amount of whole carrots.

12. Creative displays and endcaps on full-priced food.

These are rarely on sale, but we’re pretty sure you’ll just have to buy those chips now.

13. Free samples aren’t so free.

These often create an obligation in taste testers to buy something since it was free. Or at the very least, you’ll check out the displayed items near the food you would have otherwise missed.

14. Buying in bulk.

Look at the labeling. Chances are the individual items like pepper are cheaper at Sam’s Club than the 3-packs also sold there.

15. Narrowed aisles.

Stores make their aisles narrow to force you to go down the whole thing. No U-Turns here!

(via 22 Words)


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The Harsh Truths People Who Work Retail Wish Everyone Else Would Keep In Mind

Working retail is neither the hardest job nor the easiest one, but it does tend to be wildly misunderstood by the customers. I worked retail for years, and even now I find myself compelled to rip t-shirts out of piles like an animal, but almost every single time I am stopped by visions of hours spent folding, fluffing, and rearranging walls of denim. Here are a few things most retail workers, past and present, wish everyone would keep in mind when pawing away at those piles of overpriced clothes.

1. Employees are being instructed to do everything they are doing. You are the customer and the store wants your money, but whatever the employees are doing? Not about you.

No one wants to know how your day is. I repeat: no one cares about your day. Nor does anyone care “how it’s going” or “what’s up?” They are asking because a corporate person somewhere decided on the appropriate greeting for the salespeople to use, had that greeting printed up and three-hole punched, and instructed other workers to place that instructional hand-out into the retail Bible binder that would go out to every single store in the chain. Everyone working retail at a major store is operating under the auspice of an out-of-touch corporate person who thinks “Hi, how are you?” is the best way to lead into selling denim. We’re all struggling in this awkward interaction together, so get over yourself and say “good, thanks!” or just shop online.

2. They have probably been in that godforsaken mall for an excessively long time

Whether it’s working every day after school until past 9PM as the part-time associate or working 10 hours without seeing the outside world as the sales manager, trust me on one thing: the employee hates the mall more than you hate the mall. I loved working in the mall as a teenager — Auntie Anne’s, my friends visiting, making money for standing around most times — but I’d inevitably become cagey and wish that I could leave the mall and be literally anywhere else. It is as soul-sucking as an office, and often more so, like when you discover gross things in the fitting rooms or have to watch a middle-aged father model a bathing suit to you because he’s making a strange attempt at flirting. The mall is a tomb of weirdness and you don’t get to see sunlight a lot — the employees are working at the disadvantage, not you. No one is sorry that you hate watching your girlfriend try on pants. Get over it.

3. Yes, they chose to work this job, but no, they did not choose to work on this day of gross human behavior

Black friday. Post-Christmas giftcard redemption madness. Post-any holiday gift return hysteria. Summer-time swimwear and skimpy fashions being rolled out in January before the gravel-filled snow grossness is even gone from the icy east coast ground. All of these times make for hostile environments in which the customers see the retail employees as an obstacle, and the employees see the customers as a horde of consumer zombies with a few humans sprinkled in. What if we were all just more decent? Would be cool.

4. Picking up your trash probably isn’t in their job description.

Keeping the store clean is definitely in their job description, but peeling your used maxi pad, condom, or cheap-cheese-encrusted paper plate from the mall pizza place off the ground of the fitting room? Nope! Wasn’t mentioned on the first day, babe! Please be less disgusting in public spaces, especially the ones that are meant to make you feel good/em> about appearances.

5. They clean every. Single. Hour. Of. The. Day. And. Night.

They fold. They dust. They hang. They sweep, swiffer, and mop. They space the hangers one finger apart from the other hangers. They fan the sleeves. They windex mirrors, countertops, and windows. You unfold. You pull. You break hangers. You smudge fingerprints. You drop crumbs. They are cleaning up after you, don’t be an animal. Life the shirts. Take the shirt you want. Put the rest back. If it were up to them, everything would be hanging and nothing would hurt, but that’s not the world we live in.

6. Your children are not their responsibility.

If you are not watching your child and your child knocks over a tower of shoe boxes, please do not look at the employee with a your eyebrows angry-birded together in a “how did this happen?!” fashion — it happened because you brought your kids to the mall and they behaved like kids. Watch your kids, because no one at the mall will and most people working at the mall were kids like, five years ago anyway.

7. The entire mall does not know what the rest of the mall is doing, unless it is gossip that doesn’t concern you.

Honey, why are you asking the Lady Foot Locker employee about the shoes you saw on sale at Kohl’s? Why are you asking the Pac Sun employee why the jeans are not the same fit as the Hollister jeans? And why on earth are you asking the food court stand kids about the Panera Bread located across the highway? Everyone is kept in their own little retail cave and only knows about the sales they are told to know about, which take place in their own damn store. They aren’t here to find you the best deal, or to explain why the corporate overlords are charging you out the ass for that camisole that costs $2 to make. They don’t know! They only know which managers from one store are feuding or fucking the managers of some other store, and you don’t want to know about all that — some dark shit goes down at Dairy Queen and Piercing Pagoda and Tilly’s, take my word for it.

8. Not everyone makes commission — in fact, your purchase is pretty meaningless to most of the employees present.

This is an unfortunate truth, but it’s real: the pay of the people who help you the most is almost never directly affected by the dollars you’re spending. I worked retail for over five years without ever seeing a dime of commission, and raises are few and far between. So, no, you are not “doing them a favor” with your $350 spree during back to school. You are doing that asshole who owns Abercrombie a favor, or the evil masterminds scheming to make bad dresses that last one wash over at Forever 21. Don’t kid yourself.

9. Just because labor laws make call something illegal does not mean that corporations respect those laws.

See: breaks, injury, shipment intake processes. Fun story: I once injured my lil pinky finger while censoring polos at a store that shall not be named and didn’t notice the wound until I’d already bled on the undersides of several collars. Those shirts got spot-cleaned and put right back out on the racks. Gross, right? And that decision was not my call, or my manager’s call, or the regional manager’s call, even. Corporate demanded that we bypass all of our legal practices — that would entail damaging those shirts out, because they had human blood on them — in order to have the shirts cleaned and put back out. And sold at full price. This was just one experience, but talk to anyone who works for less than $10 an hour and they’ll tell you about all the other fun ways in which standards and laws are consistently, almost comically disregarded.

10. Half of the people working in retail are teenagers.

Do you really think this teenager should have an encyclopedic knowledge of whatever random thing you want? I never understood the outraged grown men who would complain to high school kids’ managers after the kids couldn’t identify the obscure item that the grown man was struggling to describe: “I saw it online, it’s red. Like a button down. You guys don’t have that? You don’t know?” Yeah, of course these adolescents should be good employees and work hard to ensure your satisfaction, but are you going to make a kid sit on the phone for 30 minutes when they have a line of ten other angry people behind you, all so that you can sign up for a credit card and get 10% off? Chill out and grab some patience, you’re grown and they are not, and they’re really trying to help you the best ways they can. And if they’re not, then help yourself. You can Google the shirt, you can sign up for the card online.

11. They might never get a break — not one break to actually sit down, for eight hours or more.

Once again, this is not retail-specific. To be sure, people are underpaid and overworked in every industry. But retail break time, at least, is interesting in the way that it’s all smoke and mirrors: it seems so chill when you’re a customer, like no manager is ever working hard and every employee is just waiting for their break. The reality is that the employees who work the most hours tend to get the least breaks, if any breaks at all. Oftentimes, it is the manager or senior sales rep who is working just under the overtime threshold, day in and day out, without ever receiving the benefits of over time. In order to compensate for the junior employees who (are likely very young and therefore) do need to receive their breaks, the senior managers will work throughout the entire day, nonstop. All of this to say that when it looks like they’re “being lazy” or “doing nothing” on the sales floor, they are likely just taking a moment during a slow hour to chill and discreetly devour a granola bar. Because they spend the rest of their day busting ass and forgetting to eat. Have mercy.

Sourced from thoughtcatalog.com