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By LizSays - 23 April 2013 37

I know it’s entirely stupid, but I am terrified of spiders. I mean, properly terrified. Just seeing pictures of them makes me nervous. I’m even scared of them when they’re already dead. Yes, yes, I’m a million times bigger than they are. Yes, yes, they’re more scared of me, etc. But the thing about irrational phobias is that they’re irrational! So just trust me when I say I am properly. terrified. of spiders.

Keeping that in mind, you can imagine how pleased I was to see a very large huntsman appear on the dash in front of me one evening while I was driving home. Luckily, I had just stopped at a set of traffic lights and so I was able to drive through the intersection (when the light turned green, of course) and pull over onto the big grassy median strip. And by “pull over”, I mean “run off the road while screaming loudly”.

However, I was too scared to reach into the car and get my phone out to call someone for help, and there was no chance I was getting back in the car with a giant spider on the loose, so after I calmed myself down a little, and realised I’d be stuck there all night if I didn’t do something, I flagged down a passing car and asked for help.

I was fortunate that the car that stopped to help me was a family, who only laughed at me in a friendly way, and who agreed to help. I only asked for one of them to reach into my car and pass me my phone so that I could call my husband or a friend, but they pulled over and went way beyond anything I had expected. Five of them thoroughly searched my car, using their phones as torches in the dark, shaking out my coat, poking around under the seats, checking the glove box. They were friendly and didn’t once try to make me feel stupid (I was already doing a pretty good job of that myself anyway) or act like I was a nuisance. The spider was nowhere to be found, and eventually they had to carry on with their trip, but not until after they had tried to reassure me that it was gone and ask if I’d be ok to get home.

I thanked them at the time but I really wish I could have done more to express how genuinely grateful I was. I know it was “only a spider”, but it was a pretty big deal to me. To have not just one person but five of them take me seriously and genuinely try to help was such a huge thing. They were so kind.

I want to publicly thank all of them and remind everyone else that there are people out there who will put themselves out to offer help to a stranger, for no reason other than that she looks scared.

So to the woman, two men, and two teenage boys who stopped to help the freaked out lady in a white Corolla on the Barton Highway the other night, you have my deepest, most sincere thanks. You did a lovely thing and made a big difference to my day. Thank you.

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Thank you, kind Canberrans!
bundah 4:55 pm 24 Apr 13

Pork Hunt said :

Solidarity said :

Theres a huntsman that lives behind my mirror. His name is Harry. He just does spider stuff so I leave him be. He’s been there almost a year now i’d say.

How long is that in dog years?

I once had a huntsman and she was around for a couple of years before she disappeared.

Pork Hunt 4:29 pm 24 Apr 13

Solidarity said :

Theres a huntsman that lives behind my mirror. His name is Harry. He just does spider stuff so I leave him be. He’s been there almost a year now i’d say.

How long is that in dog years?

Solidarity 3:11 pm 24 Apr 13

Theres a huntsman that lives behind my mirror. His name is Harry. He just does spider stuff so I leave him be. He’s been there almost a year now i’d say.

Cantabile 2:15 pm 24 Apr 13

bigfeet said :

Pork Hunt said :

What if it’s still there and multiplying? Just sayin’…

Unlikely. What is more likely is that it was moving around because it was driven from its usual hiding spot by a larger, more aggressive, hairier, scarier spider that has moved in.

You’re both too cruel 🙁

bigfeet 1:54 pm 24 Apr 13

Pork Hunt said :

What if it’s still there and multiplying? Just sayin’…

Unlikely. What is more likely is that it was moving around because it was driven from its usual hiding spot by a larger, more aggressive, hairier, scarier spider that has moved in.

EvanJames 12:54 pm 24 Apr 13

I’ve had the giant huntsman appear in the car thing a few times. I’m phobic about the big ones (I’m sure the alien in Alien is based on them) so the swift stop and exit has happened a few times too. The important thing is to kill or evict the spider asap, or it will hide again and lie in wait to jump on your face.

Last one appeared as I got back into the car after being in the supermarket, so I zoomed back in and got a can of spider spray. A week later, I parked in the same spot and the dead spider was still where I’d left him, indestructible. The spider spray lives in the car now; OP I’d strongly recommend you equip your car with such a weapon.

Cantabile 10:51 am 24 Apr 13

What a great story!! I’m so glad the only time this happened to me, I was in the back seat and the driver very kindly let me wait on the verge while he hunted it down.

Hooray for good samaritans!

FarrerGirl 10:50 am 24 Apr 13

Many years ago, I rescued someone in your predicament – I swaggered over the car, grabbed the spider and squished it (my hand was covered with a plastic bag). Unfortunately I ended up with all these weird hairs embedded in my thumb. For days I had the (irrational) fear that there was some weird toxin in the hairs and that my thumb would fall off!

Pork Hunt 10:28 am 24 Apr 13

What if it’s still there and multiplying? Just sayin’…

JazzyJess 10:16 am 24 Apr 13

Don’t feel too bad. Same thing happened to me a few years ago when I was driving through Dickson. Fortunately my brother lived nearby so he came and rescued me from the harmless but very scary looking huntsman.

astrojax 8:30 am 24 Apr 13

lovely – nice things can happen to and by nice people. thank you for sharing this…

Madam Cholet 7:42 am 24 Apr 13

That’s nice. I always wonder what I would do if that happened to me and when I drive our older second car I am worried about spiders popping out of no where. The funny thing is, is that I can relocate poisonous ones that might put me in hospital, but show me a huntsman and I start to hyperventilate. I did relocate one on a broom the other week but I was shaking like a jelly! I try to be fair to the poor things but it’s those eye watching you that make them seem so calculating!

I know of someone who nearly drove off a precipice in Sydney because a spider walked out of the vent on the dashboard. So glad you kept your cool long enough to park! Well done.

candelabra 10:52 pm 23 Apr 13

That was wonderfully written and it was great to read something so positive, thanks 🙂

taninaus 10:45 pm 23 Apr 13

glad you got some help and all turned out well – to make you feel better – in the days before mobile phones when I was very young, I once used those phones on the Tugg parkway to phone my dad when a huntsman decided to join me on a late night drive. the police man at the other end was very nice not to laugh at me at the time.

ScienceRules 10:23 pm 23 Apr 13

What a great, positive story of humanity among all the white commodore bogans and parking tools we read about. You’ve made my night, Liz!

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