Mom Finds Scorpion In Bananas

A young mom found an Israeli Gold scorpion in a pile of bananas she picked up from ASDA, a UK supermarket chain owned by Walmart.

When she brought it back to the store, workers reportedly “giggled” and joked about how “cool” it would be to find a scorpion. The ASDA manager offered the not-amused mother of a 6-month old toddler a “double refund.” The type of scorpion is not deadly, but has a very painful sting.

Scorpion found in bananas [The Sun] (Thanks to Matthew!)


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  1. APFPilot says:

    Thats what happens when fruit is shipped from all over the world, bet it was organic too.

    • says:

      @APFPilot: haha i was going to say…where they organic bananas?

      • Applekid ┬──┬ ノ( ã‚œ-゜ノ) says: I’m pretty sure these were synthetic bananas.

        Thanks, I’ll be here all weekend. Try the veal.

      • oneandone says: Non-organic fruits (and veggies) sometimes have little travellers on them also – I think the standard practice for imported fruits is to gas/fumigate the crates and then shake off any stowaways. Doesn’t always work 100%. No matter how many pesticides you treated the fruit with while it was growing, when it’s crated up, something is going to want to travel with it.

        • TechnoDestructo says:


          Also, aren’t arachnids not susceptible to a lot of the pesticides used to kill insects?

          • oneandone says:

            @TechnoDestructo: Usually true. Though most spiders (and perhaps other arachnids?) can be killed with pyrethrins, which are found in many insecticides, you have to hit the spider directly. It won’t be killed by residue, like insects would. And insecticides without pyrethrins would be a lot less effective.

            I don’t know what they use to fumigate imported fruits, but I’d guess pyrethrins or pyrethroids, since they are less toxic to humans than a lot of the organophosphates they might use otherwise.

            This pest management site from the University of California Ag program actually recommends squishing pest spiders with a newspaper or your shoe. []

            (they actually recommend sealing cracks and preventing spider habitats as a first line of defense, but I thought it was nice they gave a formal recommendation to squishing. Even though I am a fan of spiders).

            • TechnoDestructo says:


              I usually don’t mind spiders, either. But living in black widow country, you have to be pretty aggressive about them invading your space. (Most other spiders, I’ll leave be)

              My favorite methods for killing spiders in their webs (where you’ll usually find black widows, and where they’re hard to swat, as they can get away before you crush them against some surface) are barbecue lighters, and soft-air BB guns.

              • i_love_life says:

                @TechnoDestructo: i LOVE the lighter trick. It’s always a good time (:

                • oneandone says:

                  @i_love_life: Poor spiders :-( I live far from black widow country & read Charlotte’s Web too many times, so my perspective might be skewed. But I generally find them fascinating and helpful. Squishing is only for mosquitoes!

                  • Mythandros says:

                    I’m arachnophobic.

                    First thought that comes to mind when I see a spider in my personal space is “You go squish now.”.

                    I know they’re helpfull and usefull… but so creepy and… yuck. Scorpions I’m undecided about.

  2. GyroMight says:

    I could see how something that small could get through the process, maybe they need to start sending fruits shipped like that through a car wash like process before putting them on boats or trucks and sending it out.

  3. samurailynn says:

    I wouldn’t be amused about finding a scorpion either. Now, who can I blame for the giant spiders in my back yard?

  4. rockasocky says:

    Could be worse, at least it wasn’t one of them huge carnivorous spiders from Arachnophobia. It’s been almost 20 years and I’m still not over that movie. *shudder*

  5. tmed says:

    Now everyone is going to want to find a scorpian in their bananas.


  6. Ash78 ain't got time to bleed says:

    Call me old-fashioned, but when I buy something that comes from a tree, I’m fully prepared to see other stuff from that tree.

    I doubt the drive/trip/walk back to the store was worth the piddly refund, but she got some publicity!

  7. jswilson64 says:

    They should have found that when they checked her receipt at the door.

  8. pecan 3.14159265 says:

    Now lets hope this scorpion was either taken to a university or a lab, or killed. Last thing we need is a non-native species of animal around, unless it was adorable bunnies or something.

    I hate bugs, and arachnids. I hate them all.

    • Git Em SteveDave loves this guy->★ says:

      @IHaveAFreezeRay: But it’s all by itself. Perhaps it’s the scorpion version of me looking for a lady to settle down with, and will never find one.

    • MostlyHarmless says:

      @IHaveAFreezeRay: Bunnies infact are a BAD idea. They breed like… well, bunnies and before you know it, they have overrun the place.

    • Xerloq says:

      @IHaveAFreezeRay: Didn’t Australia have trouble with “adorable bunnies” being “imported?”

    • Anonymous says:

      …and I hate people who hate bugs and arachnids. How pea-brained do you have to be to fear and loathe an entire category of (fascinating, amazing, stunning gorgeous down to the tiniest bristle) natural life? Especially when less than one in a thousand species can harm you in any way, they’re completely vital to the ecosystem and comprise the vast majority of life on this planet? Arthropods are the normal example of an animal, you are not. You’re just disrespectful and infantile.

      • bluewyvern says:

        @TerrenceShella: Whoa, ease up. Props for the arthropod appreciation, but some people have an immediate, instinctive reaction to bugs (or reptiles, or rodents…). It might be intellectually irrational, but it does seem to be deeply ingrained in some. Feel free to preach the wonders of the insect world to whomever you can, but calling people “pea-brained” over this is what’s disrespectful.

      • Mythandros says:

        @TerrenceShella: Well now…

        What a completely “pea-brained” way of expressing a “pea-brained” opinion from a “pea-brain”.

        Terrence, hypocrite much?

  9. snoop-blog says:

    Why do people hate on Wal-Mart? Because someone was human and tried to laugh off an insect that hitched a ride on some banana’s? Sorry if not all humans act like an insect in your fruit isn’t the most deadliest thing they have ever been exposed to.

    I feel the same sentiment as samurailynn wondering who he can blame for the spiders in his yard.

    But yeah Ben, this kinda stuff only happens to Wal-mart which coincidently is the only place of employment for jackasses. You would never have an employee handle a customer complaint wrong at any where else. And actually just because he wasn’t sympathetic doesn’t mean he handled wrong as the woman did get a refund didn’t they? Actually they did, twice. But how dare anyone joke about how scorpions are cool. I mean they don’t sell them as pets in stores or anything.

    • katiat325 says:

      @snoop-blog: You know, if it was a small spider, or a caterpillar, or a ladybug, I don’t think people would mind. A scorpion though? Not like everybody knows which ones are or are not that deadly. I’m sure you know of someone in your life that would freak out if that happened to them…I know I would. And at the very least, going back to that store and notifying management can possibly result in a thorough inspection of the bananas so that more of the little things didn’t get through.

      • snoop-blog says:

        @katiat325: So are you suggesting the common person knows which spiders are or are not poisonous? I sure as hell wouldn’t be able to tell ya.

        Anyhow, you missed my point. Complaining to Wal-Mart is fine and dandy. It’s where Ben writes this thing to sound as if Wal-Mart is to blame for an insect on some frikin fruit is utterly rediculous. But hey maybe it’s because all their other editors are gone and they are just trying to get by. Sorry Ben, It is just that I know you are so much better than that, and I think you know it too.

      • VigilanteKitteh says:

        @katiat325: umm, if it was a caterpillar, I’d be screaming and running away! I hate the way those things move…makes my skin crawl!

    • CalvertGanado says:


      While I believe that Wal-Mart is a terrible company, a terrible employer, and a terrible drain on local communities, and the US government’s coffers both, and a huge receiver of governmental and local welfare, this is a case where they did nothing wrong.

    • Green Goth Brit Chick - AlternatEve says:

      @snoop-blog: Whilst I can understand why you think this is a bit of an overreaction, if I had a six month old and found a scorpion – something you don’t find in your back garden every day – on something, and when I returned it people acted like I should be *glad* or just shook off my concerns by making a joke, I’d be bloody angry too.

    • katieoh says:

      @snoop-blog: ummm… because it happened at walmart [or a walmart owned store, which americans wouldn’t recognize the name of]? if it had happened at kroger or giant eagle or piggly wiggly or some other such place, i’m sure it would have been put on here just the same.

      especially if it happened at like whole foods. oh my god, that would be the best story ever. woman buys five pounds of bananas for $20, gets scorpion. win!

    • HogwartsAlum says:


      My roommate in California had a big black pet scorpion in a tank. He wanted a tarantula, but I said no freaking way. I told him the scorpion was slightly better, but if it got out and came in my room, I would SQUASH IT FLAT.

  10. Belabras ate my dingo! says:

    Awe, he’s so tiny. Looks friendly.

  11. duckduckem says:

    Not to nit-pick, but please allow me to nit-pick: That would be a 6 month old baby or infant. Toddlers are aged 1 – 2 years.

    • kerry says:

      @duckduckem: Yeah, toddler starts at about 18 months, when the kid can really walk (hence the name).
      Also, scorpion = aaaack!

    • bagumpity says:

      @duckduckem: I don’t think there’s an “official” definition other than “one who toddles.” Ditto for “youth” or “maiden” which could include a wide range of ages.

      Sorry- I have a pet peeve about attempts to quantify words that exist primarily for the purpose of describing a non-quantifiable quality.

  12. Darascon says:

    BFD. tiny scorpion in your bananas. You know they just brushed him off and put them back on the shelf. It’s not like the time they found that viper or whatever that bit someone in the watermellon box. I’d love to get a scorpion on my bunch of bananas. Saves me the trouble of going out and buying a scorpion. Ya know, to mount into a jack-in-the-box. So when the music stops…. BAM! Scorpion in the face.

    • JayDeEm says:

      @Darascon: Supposedly it’s the little ones that can put the hurt on you since they tend to sting more/longer than mature scorpions. Same thing applies to claws, smaller claws == more potent venom.

      Disclaimer: This is coming from the guy who does my pest control service at home (I live in AZ). He also likes to collect the live ones when he finds them.

  13. xnihilx says:

    Shhhhhhhh…double refund or everyone will want a free scorpion with their bananas.

    Note; My husband has a friend who worked in the produce department at a supermarket at one time in his life and he explained that bananas come in green and get sprayed with ethylene gas to ripen them and prolong their shelf life.

  14. mac-phisto says:

    this is a regular occurrence with bananas – their packaging is designed so that they ripen during the trip to their destination. the gas given off by the bananas actually heats the contents of the box, allowing critters to survive the trip.

    i used to pull all kinds of interesting things out of those boxes – even a (dead) black widow once. word to the wise: inspect your produce before purchasing it. especially bananas.

  15. floraposte says:

    The Consumerist headline isn’t actually reporting what the newspaper article claims. The lady found the scorpion in the jeans she was ironing, not in the bananas. Why she’s decided it’s from the bananas before that is never explained, but the store says that the scorpion isn’t even native to the part of the world where its bananas are sourced.

    I join the above posters in finding it less than alarming that somebody may suffer a boo-boo anyway, but we may have a bit of urban legendry being propagated here.

    • Outrun1986 says:

      @floraposte: I would be much more alarmed if I found a bug in my jeans, regardless of what kind it was rather than find one on bananas. I hate bugs just as much as any other girl but finding one in clothing would be so much more creepy than finding one on bananas.

    • clickable says:

      @floraposte: I didn’t read the article but I’m actually a little surprised, if they’re claiming this is an Israeli scorpion found in a shipment of Israeli bananas, only because I don’t think Israel is quite up to speed on banana export. As far as I can remember they are not quite up to that level of growth that they have enough volume to export globally, especially not the size of the bunch of bananas she’s holding in that picture. Last time I drove past some banana tree groves (about 2 years ago), I was struck by how far behind they were compared to the “typical”
      “Chiquita” banana we’re familiar with. They looked more like the plantains I see sometimes on sale in ethnic markets in NY.

      Bananas and pineapples, they’re still working to bring them up to global standards as far making them competitive, as far as I know.

      Of course, “Israeli Gold” may refer to the species without relating to the place of origin, I don’t know anything about the subect. Just off the top of my head, I wondered whether they were talking about an Israeli export it Iem. It does make sense geographically, I think – I saw banana groves in kibbutzim in the desert, so it makes sense that scorpions might hitch a ride with the shipments.

    • eelmonger says:

      @floraposte: Yeah, she found the scorpion in her jeans and because her dad said they are associated with fruit she must’ve assumed it was the bananas or something.

      @clickable: In the article the store says the scorpion isn’t native to anywhere they get their bananas from, so your probably right.

  16. glennski says:

    I would’ve mashed that scorpions head in so fast it wouldn’t be funny. The photo op would’ve been a lot less ideal than the one from the article.

  17. frodo_35 says:

    Is this about the refund or the lawsuit. I am sure there is a lawyer who is out of breath from chasing (insert joke here) that will jump at the chance to setle for a quick buck.

  18. katiat325 says:

    freaky thing is, she didn’t find them in the bananas…but in her JEANS! I can see why she would be so bothered. Thank goodness it didn’t crawl into her shoes. Or the baby’s shoes/clothes.

  19. dresden says:

    I’ve found the molted shells of Tarantulas in banana boxes back in the late 90’s when I worked at a local supermarket chain. Where the spider went, I do not know, but it’s scary as hell to find it’s mere shell staring at you.

    For those who have never seen a Tarantula molt before, it’s usually intact and looks like a carbon copy of the spider that created it, and in low light, indistinguishable from a real living spider.

  20. concordia says:

    Where’s the scorpion? You told me there’d be a scorpions, Eggman.

    Jesus Christ, are you blind? It’s right there!

    You…you…DOUBLE REFUND.

  21. Demonbird says:

    About 12 years ago, maybe more, we bought a bunch of bananas from our local Safeway. We got home and I put them on the counter, they literally exploded. With spiders. Just exploded.

    Traumatic experience indeed.

  22. Adisharr says:

    This is just another sign that the end is near.

  23. polyeaster says:

    my grocery store’s produce manager explained to me that scorpions can occasionally be found in bananas…they spray to try and kill them, but now and then a few slip through.

  24. Coyote says:

    DAY OH!

  25. nightsweat says:

    @undefined: If the spiders are bigger than you are, I’d guess you can blame the guy who sold you the brown acid.

  26. MaxIsmene says:

    I found out in my teen years that my parents found my little brother in the bananas they brought home.

    Never did learn where he is really from.

    I was told to never tell him, to let him think he is a real part of the family.

    I will wait until the folks are dead and the will is read.

    I will laugh and laugh when he learns he gets nothing, that he is just an infiltrator temporarily accepted into the family.

  27. rte148 says:

    I hope it was Klaus Meine, he’s dreamy.

  28. kittenfoo says:

    I can vouch for the pain of a scorpion sting. Back in ’93, when I was 6 months pregnant with my second child, I stepped on a scorpion in our laundry room. I didn’t have my contacts in and thought I had stepped on a sewing needle and had it stuck in my foot. We lived way out in the sticks, so scorpions, spiders, snakes, etc. were a way of life.

    Because I was pregnant we called up poison control and described the scorpion. They said it was no more dangerous than a bee sting. Mind you, this was an east-of-the-Mississippi, small scorpion. I think the ones out in the desert southwest – the really big ones – can be very dangerous.

  29. maztec says:

    If you don’t want animals, bugs, etc, please stay in your hermetically sealed containment unit and eat only pre-ground gruel (that will probably have bugs in it).

    I seriously do not see why she didn’t flick the scorpion off (or put it in a jar for the kid, okay its 9 months ;p) and go on with life. Having to get a refund for it? SHE ACTUALLY TRAVELED BACK TO THE STORE WITH IT? Give me a break.

  30. Marshfield says:

    Speaking of “double refund” — I bought some hamburger from local Safeway. Cooked up some, froze some. Tasted funny. Checked package. “sell by” date was a day BEFORE we bought it. Took it, the package and receipt to the store. Manager offered refund, I said “how about refund AND free meat?” He agreed. Got the refund and a FRESH pack the same size. Problem solved.

  31. SadSam says:

    Has anyone heard that in the 10 years or so you won’t be able to buy bananas as there is some disease or fungus killing off all the banana plants in the world.

  32. kbrook says:

    I once found some sort of lizard in the asparagus at the local Meijer. I kind of thought the lady was hallucinating when she told me about it, but there it was, cute as a button and looking a little bit confused.

  33. BrianDaBrain says:

    So, when’s Wal-Mart going to start putting useful things in the food? It’s always bugs, bugs, bugs, other disgusting things, and more bugs. Give me lotto numbers (winning ones preferred) or cold, hard cash. Why does it all have to be so negative?

  34. samurailynn says:

    I’m not sure I can eat bananas anymore.

  35. kwsventures says:

    So now some ambulance chasing lawyer is going to sue for millions? I will eat that bug for much less.

  36. silverundertone says:

    i used to work in a certified organic produce department, and finding deadly spiders (black widow, brown recluse..etc) in the grapes happened on a daily basis. i would package them up in deli containers (with warning labels and lots of tape) and leave them for my manager to find in the morning. a rather sad attempt at humor from a complete arachnaphobic.
    and to this day i still hate grapes.

  37. Cattivella says:

    Besides the fact that they’re disgusting, I’ll put this as #2 on the list of the reasons why I don’t eat bananas. #1 (disgusting) is sufficient, but I like long lists.

    Something gross I found this morning? The daddy long legs I named Buddy III that I let live in my bathroom was killed and eaten by Buddy IV, who has now taken his spot. Cannibal Buddy IV left only the legs dangling from a web. I think I’m going to go Dexter on Buddy IV and right this wrong.

  38. djanes1 says:

    I remember growing up in West Texas and waking up with a scorpion on my bed.

    • frugalgirl says:

      @djanes1: Gah! One of my coworkers stepped on one at home in his laundry room yesterday.

      I’m still watching where I walk and we live on the third floor. Shiver.

  39. GoVegan says:

    An insect found in fruit? This is news? I have a feeling this may be more common then we think.

  40. wetworker says:

    welcome to nature.

  41. Feminist Whore says:

    I love scorpions, because anytime the subject comes up I can relate my ever-so-exciting scorpion sting story…

    ‘Twas a star-filled night over the Arizona desert. I was heartily enjoying my Circle-K Nachos when I noticed a tiny little crumb on my thigh. I absentmindedly moved my hand down to brush the crumb away. The crumb got very mad at my failure to notice he wasn’t a crumb at all, but in fact a scary scorpion, and he stung the fuck out of me right between my fingers, to teach me a lesson. Lesson Learned, respect crumbs.

    It was much like something was stuck in my skin, to me it felt like a sliver of broken glass, and though I didn’t touch the spot, it felt like I was mashing down on it. In 15 minutes my entire arm was numb up to the shoulder.

    My date, having passed out on the couch after ingesting his own tasty Nachos, grunted at me as I screamed in pain and asked him to take me to the hospital. Since the fuck had been stung out of me anyway, he apparently didn’t see the point in bothering with all my shrieking nonsense, and he was no help.

    My good arm and I found our way to the hospital, where I sat in the emergency waiting room for 4 hours until I gave up and went to the Casino instead.

    The pins and needles afterward lasted for more than a week.

  42. MichaelLC says:

    In the small grcoery store I worked at years ago, there was an entire brood of praying matises (manti?) in the celery. They were pretty cute.

  43. bagumpity says:

    She got the wrong bananas…

  44. nomatteus says:

    “How much could a banana cost… like, 10 dollars?”

  45. CrazyRedd says:

    Man I would FLIP OUT if I found a large arachnid (even if it was dead) in my nanners.

    I remember one time outside a CostPlus World Market, I saw a deck-of-cards-sized beetle (flattened by a car, probably) in the parking lot and I freaked so bad I couldn’t even scream. Even thinking about it makes me feel icky. My husband guessed that since the store carries a lot of furniture made in more tropical parts of the world, it had made the long voyage all the way to MN (but for naught).

  46. rafe1230 says:

    I disagree with Floraposte. The species of scorpion is native to the African continent (where the bananas came from), the Middle East, and Asia Minor. Besides, the little buggers make the bananas crunchy!

  47. You hate your job but you're still working there? says:

    “the not-amused mother of a 6-month old toddler”

    If that’s her in the pic she looks pretty amused to me.

  48. liesandslander says:

    rofl, this is linked through Fark as
    “ring ring ring ring ring ring ring, Bananna Scorpion”

  49. trujunglist says:

    The sting of a lebanese silver scorpion will actually make an extremely ticklish person pee their pants – it’s really that pleasant!
    Look it up if you don’t believe me.