Spiders might seem scary or strange, but very rarely do they have the ability to do us lasting damage. Despite that, arachnophobia is one of the most common phobias people seem to have.
Sometimes this irrational fear can lead us to do some pretty silly and over-the-top things.
However, the way one college student reacted to her traumatic encounter with an eight-legged creature truly took the cake, or in her case—fried chicken.
Demi Sweeney left her room and came face-to-face with her fears.
On May 31, Demi Sweeney, a 22-year-old Bournemouth University student, woke up and found that her roommates were already gone.
But, unbeknownst to the UK resident, she was not alone.
When she left her room, she made a horrifying discovery—on the wall was a “huge” spider blocking her access to the stairway. Upon seeing the animal, the frightened Sweeney scrambled back into her room.
“I would say my phobia is very severe,” Sweeney told Unilad. “I get so paranoid I find myself constantly worrying and looking around the environment I’m in to make sure there aren’t any.”
There was only one thing to do.
Afraid the spider would fall or jump on her should she attempt to pass by, she decided she could not risk leaving the house.
So, she called friends and family for advice. One of the many suggestions stood out as both ingenious and tasty: to order food and ask the delivery driver to get rid of the spider.
It was brilliant, and she wanted to take her friend’s advice, but was worried that the driver would not be allowed to help her. First, she would need assurances.
So, the scared, yet industrious young woman messaged Deliveroo, a delivery service in the United Kingdom, and asked if the driver could come into her house and kill the spider for her.
“You can most definitely request this in the ‘delivery note,’” the message read. “The only thing is, our riders may be more afraid of [spiders] than you are …”
She had a plan—the spider’s days were numbered.
My fear of spiders was taken to a whole new level today in which I ordered food in a hope that the delivery driver would remove the spider..
— Demi (@demiswn) May 30, 2018
Ecstatic at the news and still quite shaken, she mistakenly ordered two meals from KFC and waited. In the ‘notes’ section of the delivery instructions, she told the driver that she was having some spider trouble and required assistance.
It did not take long for Joe, the delivery driver, to arrive. But when he did, Sweeney was disappointed again—her would-be hero was afraid, too.
After some begging, and some laughs, Joe agreed to try slaying the spider. So, Sweeney handed him tissues and a chair and pointed him in the direction of the creature.
“He then reached for the spider and accidentally dropped it on the floor where it began to run, which made me panic more,” Sweeney told Buzzfeed. “He said: ‘Look away, don’t look.'”
After a tense battle, Joe triumphed over the spider.
Eventually, he cornered the spider and grabbed it with the tissue. He then flushed it down the toilet, and just like that, Sweeney’s ordeal was over.
“I thanked him around 50 times, he kept saying this is so funny whilst laughing,” Sweeney told Unilad. “I wanted to hug him. A real life hero.”
However, the grisly experience left its mark; though the spider was gone, Sweeney was unable to use the bathroom for the rest of day, afraid that the pipes held more spiders eager to seek their revenge.
It may be funny to some, but Sweeney might have found a great way to deal with arachnophobia.
What a guy! Great to see Joe could lend a helping hand – we hope nobody got stung! 🕷🕸 We'll drop you a DM you shortly so we can give Joe the praise he deserves 👋
— Deliveroo Help (@DeliverooHelp) May 31, 2018
Though the experience was harrowing for Sweeney, her friends thought it pretty hilarious.
“My friends could not believe it, they were laughing and joking about it,” Sweeney said.
But rather than focusing on the comedic aspects of her chilling encounter, Sweeney might just have discovered an incredible new way to deal with arachnophobia.
The only downside, of course, is …
“It might get a little expensive!” Sweeney told Unilad.