German woman calls police after finding spider in car

German woman calls police after finding spider in car

There are many reasons why you might want to get in touch with the police in Germany - perhaps to report a burglary, make a noise complaint, or something more serious - but for one woman who dialled the 110 emergency number last week, the problem was nothing more than a creepy crawly in her car. 

Woman calls police after finding spider in car

The call was received by the police dispatch centre in the southern German state of Baden-Württemberg last week. As Bild reports, the woman said she urgently needed help and couldn’t continue driving because she thought there was a large spider in her car. 

The dispatcher duly sent out a police car. Officials searched the car for the creepy crawly but were unable to find anything. “Obviously that was enough to calm the woman down,” a spokesperson told Bild, and so the woman was able to continue her journey. 

Police often attend calls about scary spiders

It appears the woman suffered from an extreme spider phobia - a severe pathological fear that can cause symptoms like perspiration, heart palpitations and tension. 

This is by no means the first time an eight-legged creature has resulted in a call to the emergency services in Germany. In 2016 a woman in Heidelberg enlisted the help of the police when she was too scared to enter her own apartment after spotting a spider in the bathroom. In Hesse in 2019 officers responded to a call about a supposed giant spider that measured 20 centimetres across - but it turned out to just be a rubber octopus toy. 



Abi Carter

Abi studied History & German at the University of Manchester. She has since worked as a writer, editor and content marketeer, but still has a soft spot for museums, castles...

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