My son works at a Big Grocery Store chain. Today he told me this story.
“Have you ever heard of a Brazilian Wandering Spider?” he said.
“They are deadly as hell and, worst of all, they sometimes hitchhike in shipments of bananas.”
“Big Grocery Store has a policy on what to do when we find one. They have to close the store for three days to fumigate. And guess what? When I was on vacation last week, they found one in my store.”*
“But it was dead so they didn’t close the store. I guess they figured it didn’t have friends.”
“Jesus. That’s crazy.”
“But you know what I kept thinking? Because everything is so crazy now, can you imagine suiting up, putting on a mask, gloves and everything, to go to the store only to be told, “Sorry. The store is closed.” So you ask, ‘Why? The Covid Virus? Has someone gotten sick?’ And somebody in a hazmat suit says, ‘No, sir. Spiders.’
Because, frankly, Spiders make everything worse. Even in 2020.
*before you tell me this is an Urban Legend, he said they had pictures of the dead spider.