November 26, 2015 12:57 pm

Australian police respond to ‘domestic incident’; find man screaming at spider

Australian man left embarrassed after efforts to kill spider mistaken for domestic abuse.

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Police in Sydney, Australia say a man was left embarrassed after several neighbours mistook his efforts to kill a spider for a domestic abuse incident earlier this week.

Police said  several police cars rushed to an apartment in the northern suburb of Wollstonecraf after a number of reports early Sunday morning over a woman screaming hysterically, a man yelling “I’m going to kill you,” “You’re dead,” and “Die, die!”, along with furniture being thrown around the home.

After arriving at the scene, police said a man police described as “out-of-breath and rather flushed” answered the door. The entire exchange was documented on the local police force’s Facebook page.


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Police: “Where’s your wife?”

Male: “Umm, I don’t have one.”

Police: “Where’s your girlfriend?”

Male: “Umm, I don’t have one.”

Police: “We had a report of a domestic, and a woman screaming. Where is she?”

Male: “I don’t know what you’re talking about. I live alone.”

Police: “Come on mate, people clearly heard you yelling you were going to kill her and furniture getting thrown around the unit.”

Police said at this point, the man became “very sheepish.”

Police: “Come on mate, what have you done to her.”

Male: “It was a spider.”

Police: “Sorry?”

Male: “It was a spider, a really big one!”

Police: “What about the woman screaming?”

Male: “Yeah sorry, that was me. I really, really hate spiders.”

Police said the man was chasing the “rather large” spider around the unit with a can of bug spray.

“After a very long pause, some laughter and a quick look in the unit to make sure there was no injured party (apart from the spider) we left,” police wrote on the Facebook post.

WATCH: Man causes fire trying to burn spider while pumping gas

It seems arachnophobes have a habit of creating alarm when faced with their eight legged nemeses.

In a September incident, a man at a gas station in Michigan caused a massive fire after he tried to scare a spider away from his gas tank using a lighter.


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