A Washington, D.C.-area woman captured a live scorpion Monday that was living in a bag of spinach she purchased days earlier, NBC Washington reports.
Sri Sindhusha Boddapati and her husband purchased a bag of spinach from a Chevy Chase, Md., Giant supermarket Friday evening, but when she pulled the bag out of the refrigerator Monday afternoon, she “saw something inside the bag crawling.”
She thought it was a cricket at first, so she opened the bag of Giant-brand spinach and put the creature in a plastic water bottle.
“I thought it was a cricket in the beginning, and then I noticed when it was [in] the bottle that it is a scorpion,” Boddapati told NBC.
EEK! Maryland couple who bought a salad mix from a Giant grocery store discovered a live scorpion in their package. https://t.co/9f2eMnGaAa
— NBCWashington (@nbcwashington) April 11, 2017
Boddapati took a video of the scorpion on her cell phone and called her husband Shanmukha Pranay Rajeev Jerripothula who later showed the scorpion to customer service representatives at Giant.
“I told them not to sell the spinach anymore, because it might contain a scorpion,” Jerripothula said.
Giant eventually removed the spinach from the shelves, but only after news reports of the incident were published, NBC reports.
“Customer satisfaction is our highest priority,” a Giant spokesperson told NBC News in a statement. “We regret any inconvenience to our customer. We take the quality of our products very seriously, and we are following up with the supplier to take every step to ensure this isolated incident does not occur in the future.”
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