Demi Sweeney, a 22 year old student at Bournemouth University has cracked the secret to good customer service and those tasks in the home that you really just don't fancy. Sweeney, who studies Criminology, apparently has a crippling phobia of spider and spotted a huge one hanging out outside her bedroom last week. After the initial cold panic, she ummed and ahhed about how to get rid of her new furry friend but she couldn't even face going within five feet of him so she realised she'd have to call in reinforcements. Her parents? No. Friends who live close by? Also no. Her first thought was to hop on her favourite food delivery app and order some KFC so she could have an excuse for a burly stranger to turn up t her house for a spot of free labour.
My fear of spiders was taken to a whole new level today in which I ordered food in a hope that the delivery driver would remove the spider..— Demi (@demiswn) May 30, 2018
Joe @Deliveroo @DeliverooHelp you are an actual LIFESAVER 🙌🏼 pic.twitter.com/YnkQhqhhWW
Sweeney lives in a house share but it was completely empty at the time of her realising she had made an imposing eight-legged enemy, and a friend is actually the one who made the unique suggestion of ordering Deliveroo and roping in a delivery driver. We feel like this person absolutely must have been joking, but commend Demi on picking it up and running with it. In fairness to her, she did message Deliveroo ahead of the order to check that they allowed their delivery drivers to enter customer's houses, and they confirmed that they did, even actually encouraging her hair-brained plan and telling her to write it in the suggestion box with her order information.
The story gets even weirder, because the delivery driver that ended up being sent to her house was actually afraid of spiders too! Demi said she had to beg and plead with him to get him to take care of it, and in the photograph she uploaded to Twitter he can be seen wearing the moped driver helmets that the food delivery service employed usually wear - clearly he thought the bug was going to go straight for his face. Demi spoke to Buzzfeed to say: "He asked how big it was and said he would give it a go, asking where it was" before she got him loo roll and a chair to stand on as equipment. In one... 'terrifying' moment the spider fell to the floor but he was quickly caught again by our hero driver and flushed down the toilet, where Demi was then afraid to sit all day. "I thanked him around 50 times, he kept saying this is so funny whilst laughing," Demi said. "I wanted to hug him. A real life hero." Yes, indeed....