The Pennsylvania man was shopping with his two- and three-year-old children at a local Walmart when he grabbed a bunch of bananas from a display box and felt a pinching sensation, CBS Pittsburgh reports.
“I yanked my arm out and flung it, and this scorpion flopped to the ground,” he said. “I was standing there in disbelief looking and there was another shopper there and people started to converge, and sure enough it was a scorpion.”
After standing in a state of disbelief for a moment (who wouldn’t?), the man jumped into action – covering the scorpion with a lid and killing it.
The man wasn’t seriously hurt, just a bit shaken-up (and rightfully so). However, he did visit a doctor as a precaution.
So, just how could a scorpion show up in a box of bananas in the middle of Pennsylvania? We don’t know for sure, but it may have hitched a ride all the way from the grower.
The man says a Walmart representative told him that even the fruit company was surprised the scorpion was able to survive the long journey in the box. Walmart did not return a request for comment to CBS Pittsburgh.
In all, the man says the experience has taught him to think twice before reaching into a box of bananas.
Man Pinched By Scorpion In Box Of Bananas At South Hills Wal-Mart (CBS Pittsburgh)