Girl calls 911 over 'massive freaking' spider
'I'm home alone and there is a giant spider on the back of my couch'
A teenage girl in Oregon calls 911, not for an emergency, but a "massive freaking" spider.
Police in Portland said it happened the night of Aug. 16.
"I'm home alone and there is a giant spider on the back of my couch, and I'm talking giant. I've never seen a spider this big and I have no idea what to do," the girl told the slightly perplexed dispatcher, according to 911 records obtained by Portland TV station KPTV.
The teen estimated the spider was the size of a baseball, similar to a tarantula. She said spiders don't typically scare her, but a family member was recently bitten by one and had to go to the hospital.
Plus, she said, this was a "massive freaking creature."
"I don't know if you guys have anything I can do, or if I just sit here and stare at it and wait for someone to get home to kill it," she told the dispatcher.
After the dispatcher pondered how to handle the situation, he agreed to have an officer contact her.
"Is that ridiculous?" she asked.
An officer did respond to the scene and estimated the spider was about 2 inches in diameter.
'Modern police equipment was not necessary to handle the eight-legged perp in this case.
The officer disposed of it with an old-fashioned rolled up newspaper, police told KPTV.
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