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East Ham man vomits after eating spider-infested carton of grapes

PUBLISHED: 17:44 30 September 2015 | UPDATED: 17:44 30 September 2015

Marcus Barnett outside his flat in Newham. Marcus recently bought some grapes from Tesco which contained spiders.								Photos: Vickie Flores and Anthony Devlin/PA

Marcus Barnett outside his flat in Newham. Marcus recently bought some grapes from Tesco which contained spiders. Photos: Vickie Flores and Anthony Devlin/PA

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A horrified arachnophobe vomited after finding his carton of grapes infested with spiders – and fears he may have eaten one.

Marcus Barnett, of East Ham, eats a lot of grapes because he suffers from gastroenteritis and has trouble eating most foods.

“They are my favourites because they’re easy on my stomach,” he said. “Now I don’t think I’ll ever eat black grapes again.”

He said that after buying them, “I couldn’t wait to eat them”.

“I gave them a wash and then started quickly getting through them.

“When I was near the end of the carton, I looked down and saw the spiders in there and panicked – it was horrifying.”

Marcus’s girlfriend, Sasha, came to his rescue by taking the grapes away – but not before he was sick due to shock and disgust.

“I was terrified they were spiders from abroad – I thought they might be venomous. I was ill all day.”

He said he complained to Tesco.

“I was passed around several departments and had to go to stores in Gallions Reach and Barking – despite buying the fruit in East Ham – just to get my complaint sorted,” he said.

“They apologised and gave me a £25 card, but that barely covers what I spent on cab fares and phone calls, never mind the cost of cleaning the carpet.”

A spokesman for Tesco said: “We sell over a million bunches of grapes every week and our growers work hard to clean and inspect all the fruit carefully. However, as the produce is so fresh, instances like this do happen on very rare occasions.

“We’ve apologised to Mr Barnett, have offered a gesture of goodwill and will update him on the findings of our investigation.”


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