I recently read this story on Yahoo news about some supermarket workers who found a scorpion in a box of bananas.
It reminded me of something very embarrassing.
Boo must have only been two months old and there we were at the checkout in our local Sainsbury’s waiting to pay. I was bagging up shopping.
Having read a similar story that week, I wondered to myself how awful it must be finding a tropical creature in your bananas and shuddered as I put a bunch of them in the trolley. So this was definitely on my mind.
Cut back to the check out. Boo was in one of the supermarket’s baby holders in the trolley and, just as I was going to pay, a ‘Scorpion’ started crawling across the back of the baby seat.
Cue a neurotic, sleep deprived mother having a panic attack, hyperventilating, sobbing and screaming.
At this point, I’d say the whole of Sainsbury’s and its workers were staring at me as I shrieked ‘there’s a scorpion crawling towards by baby.’
The man behind calmly went to look, picked it off the trolley and dryly said ‘it’s an earwig.’
Well. Have you ever seen an earwig?
They totally look like scorpions. I was still a mess. Bless her, the lovely lady on check-out left her seat and came and gave me a hug and I declared the man behind as my hero, much to the amusement of his wife.
So there you have it. By all means read these stories but do familiarise yourself with earwigs as they do look a lot like scorpions.