Mailman Scared Away By Spider

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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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