A man, who wishes to remain anonymous, recently bought a pet tarantula to keep his Arachnophobic mother-in-law from coming to his home and overstepping her bounds.
“I have insufferable in laws. Father in law is manageable, but mother in law is crazy. Anyway, mother in law is arachnophobic. A few months ago she went crazy after a (wolf?) spider was simply in the corner doing nothing. Panic attack and all. So I got the idea to get a tarantula as a way to prevent her coming so often. It’s in a big enclosure in the living room. Asked wife before hand if it’s okay, but didn’t tell her the motivation. Worked like a charm, the dad still comes but the mother can’t stand to be in the same house as it.”
The man won’t give his name or say where he lives for fear of backlash.