This scorpion, five-centimeters long, stung a woman in Okinawa, Japan as she tried on jeans in a store. Apparently the Chinese bark scorpion hitched a ride in the pair of jeans that were imported from China. From the Mainichi Daily News:
The woman came to the store in Nago on Oct. 26, and tried on a pair of jeans. She suddenly felt pain in her right knee and rubbed it with her right hand. The scorpion then stung her right index finger, officials said.Link (Thanks, Paul Saffo!)
Store clerks called an ambulance and she was taken to hospital, where she stayed for five days...
(Employees) added that during the process of drying and pressing jeans, workers use chlorine agents so they don't believe the scorpion crawled inside the jeans at that stage. "We will investigate how it crawled inside the jeans and try to prevent a recurrence," one employee at the store said.
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