Mailman Scared Away By Spider

Royal Mail apologizes for delayed delivery.

Philip Colburn/Mirror
Each day, workers face obstacles they must overcome to carry out their job. And then there are times when a spider proves to be too much, and the only choice is to pack it in. That was the calculation recently made by one British postal worker, who decided to cut short his delivery route in south London on seeing a spider and web in the entrance gate of one home. The worker, who has not been identified in reports, even left a note, describing the web as "massive." He then went on to say there's "no access" to deliver the mail, as was reported by the Mirror.

Given that mail often contains vital documents, the decision proved to be a problem for its intended recipient. In fact, a colleague of the postal worker decided to correct the problem and delivered the post to the home of 42-year-old business analyst Stuart Robertson-Reed. But before doing so, the second postal worker wrote a response to his colleague's note.

In all caps, he scribbled the following message: "WHAT!!"

Financial news site Consumerist.com couldn't help but juxtapose the choice with the popular slogan of the U.S. Postal Service. "Over in England at least one carrier quailed at the sight of not rain, sleet, snow or even a big dog - a spiderweb kept the mail from delivery one fateful day," the post read.

Robertson-Reed himself had previously noticed the spider, but felt it was harmless enough it did not need to be removed from his property. So he left it be as as to not damage the web, as he told the Daily Mail.

In speaking to the British daily, he explained his shock about receiving the note. "I couldn't believe it. He was either spider-friendly and didn't want to break the web or a terrified arachnophobe."

Of course, fear of spiders can be a legitimate condition. But for the the Royal Mail, the issue was a lack of communication on the part of the worker. "Alternative arrangements should have been made," the service said in a statement.
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CAMERON

Sorry but scared of a spider. I can see a mouse or even yellow jackets

October 17 2013 at 3:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
samginest

I am not seriously arachnophobic, but there are spiders considered non-venomous that can actually inflict a painful bite. I got bit about two months ago by a jumping spider, and the wound has not responded to treatment.
Still and all, it would have cost this mailman nothing to pick up a stick of some sort and move the web himself.

October 16 2013 at 11:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
satorii1s

A perfectly legitimate response, if a bit extreme. Where I live is an unusually large number of Brown recluse's and Black Widows. I am no arachnophobe just very careful who's web I disturb.
We also have a large number of biting flies, Gnats and Mosquitoes, if it was not for the Spiders and Bats it would be impossible to live here, so I try not to kill them and only remove webs that are dusty and messy. But when numbers grow the Recluses and Widows are the first to get squished.

October 16 2013 at 10:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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texas

Black Widows live in dark damp environments and flee when webs are disturbed. Brown Recluse are the same but are aggressive and will attack if the web is disturbed. The recluse is the only spider with 6 eyes. Easy to identify.

October 17 2013 at 12:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
popstarstud

Even his co-worker didn't even realize it as most of you do. You believe that everyone is the same as you. What you feel by seeing something is not the same as only and the intensity could be different. Personally, when I see spiders in a dangerous place I try to save them and get a napkin and let them crawl on it and take them to some bushes to continue their life.

October 16 2013 at 10:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Fred Stender

Wooses like that shouldn't be postmen

October 17 2013 at 12:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
popstarstud

You are all acting high and mighty but some people have serious phobias. You all have issues and if you say you don't then you are a liar. If you didn't have issues then you would be in a perfect place. This mailman or woman obviously has a serious phobia of spiders. some spiders can bite and people can get sick. This mailman could of had a bad experience when they were a child with a spider, and its programmed into their subsconcious. They probably don't even remember even if they did. People in general are so abusive, assuming, and i think you all get off on bashing others.

October 16 2013 at 10:27 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Scott is God

Have you ever walked into a web or tried to remove one?!?! It sticks to you with non mercy. Your face, hands, hair etc, just awful. Why should the mailman have to remove it to get to the door/mailbox?

October 16 2013 at 10:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Fred Stender

So he wouldn't be laughed at by real men,

October 17 2013 at 12:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jim Edmondson

I was a walking mailman for over 20 years. You see a spider? You swap it, stomp it; and deliver the mail! Somebody is a wimp supreme!

October 16 2013 at 9:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Barb

House owner didn't want to break the web, but expected the postal worker to do it? Hmm. Anyhoo, even if you break down a web, them things are persistent and will build it right up again..Hehe. I don't particularly like the feel of webs and will NOT go through one if I know it's there. One time I terrorized a spider in a web and a bee came around and stung me on the butt. It's a conspiracy I tell ya. :-)

October 16 2013 at 9:49 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Beverly Owens

wuss

October 16 2013 at 9:20 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
a1967gtxklp

Hey, he should see the Wolf spiders here in MO! Especially when they are carrying all of their babies on there backs!

October 16 2013 at 9:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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