Mum finds scorpion in bananas

A YOUNG mum stormed back to a superstore after finding a scorpion in a bunch of bananas - and was stunned when staff laughed at her.

A YOUNG mum stormed back to a superstore after finding a scorpion in a bunch of bananas - and was stunned when staff laughed at her.

Laura Miller, 20, found the dangerous creature inside a pair of jeans she was about to iron after it had crawled out of her fruit bowl.

The shocked mother-of-one immediately sped back to Asda in Wisbech, where she had bought the bananas.

But Laura, who has a six-month-old baby Grace, said: “They thought it was amusing - but they are not the ones who have a baby crawling around.

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“One member of staff even said she thought it would be cool to find a scorpion.”

She snapped: "They didn't seem concerned at all and said it was quite common to find bugs and insects in fruit. It really frightened me.

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“It could have got to my daughter Grace who is six and a half months old and crawling all over the place.

“I was very upset but they just thought I was bothered about getting a refund for the bananas."

Laura, of Friday Bridge, near Wisbech, was about to iron a pair of jeans when she spotted something crawling out of a leg.

She said: “I automatically thought it was a spider and because I am terrified of spiders I steamed it with the iron.

"Then I realised it was still crawling and it crawled back up the inside of the leg and I ironed over it again so it was sandwiched between the material.

“I got a bit of kitchen roll to put it on and it was then I realised it wasn't a spider. I showed it to my dad and he said it was a scorpion and it is usually found in fruit.”

Laura, who lives with partner Mark Brown, took it to a pet supplier. They said it was an Israeli Gold scorpion which has a painful sting.

An Asda spokesman said: “The picture that Laura gave us was of a scorpion that is not native to Cameroon or the African continent.

“Given that we source all of our bananas from these places, we're confused as to how this could have been found in her bunch of bananas."

He added: “We have rigorous inspection processes in place from the moment our bananas are picked right the way through to reaching our shelves, so we're scratching our heads as to how this could've happened.

“We sell 10 million bananas on a weekly basis and this is the only reported incident. It goes without saying that we're very sorry indeed for any upset this may have caused.”

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