Maryland Couple Gets Bonus Scorpion in Bag of Spinach

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A lone scorpion, via Wikimedia Commons

Three days after buying a bag of uncooked spinach at their local Giant, a Maryland couple discovered yesterday that it came with a rare bonus prize.

NBC4 in Washington D.C. spoke with Sri Sindhusha Boddapati and her husband, Shanmukha Pranay Rajeev Jerripothula, of Chevy Chase, Md., yesterday after they told the station they found a live scorpion crawling through their pre-packaged greens.

With Jerripothula away at work, Boddapati took matters into her own hands, trapping the insect in a water bottle and taking a video to share with her husband. She described the discovery: “I saw something inside the bag crawling. I thought it was a cricket in the beginning, and then I noticed when it was [in] the bottle that it is a scorpion.”

When Jerripothula got home, he took the water bottle back to their neighborhood Giant.

“I told them not to sell the spinach anymore, because it might contain a scorpion,” he said matter-of-factly to NBC.

While ABC7 reports that employees initially said they wouldn’t stop selling the bagged veggies, NBC says the Giant location pulled its store-brand spinach from the shelves nearly six hours later. The company, which is based in Landover, issued a statement to both stations saying it prioritizes customer satisfaction, regrets the inconvenience and has followed up with the supplier.

Giant hasn’t recalled its bagged spinach, per FDA’s website.

This may sound odd, but some people eat bugs on purpose. In Baltimore, one can even get a scoopful of “sustainable proteins” — mealworms, crickets and grasshoppers — at the MOM’s Organic Market at The Rotunda. However, that’s a different type of shopping trip than one that yields an accidental scorpion inside a bag of otherwise perfectly good produce.

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Ethan has been editing and reporting for Baltimore Fishbowl since fall of 2016. His previous stops include Fox 45, CQ Researcher and Connection Newspapers in Northern Virginia. His freelance writing has been featured in Baltimore City Paper, Leafly, DCist and BmoreArt, among other outlets. He enjoys basketball, humid Mid-Atlantic summers and story tips.
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  1. Please contact ASAP PLEASE RESPOND FOR I HAVE A SERIOUS STORY HERE IN THE BALTIMORE AREA THAT WOULD LEAVE YOU SPEECHLESS

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