Coop staff find cocaine inside banana crates


Staff at a Coop in Denmark were somewhat surprised when they opened crates of bananas from Columbia, because nestling in among the fruit was 220lbs of cocaine. The company contacted the police and their banana supplier, but so far no arrests have been made.

So is this the strangest thing ever found at a supermarket?
According to The Mirror, the staff in Aarhus spotted that something was amiss when they realised that some crates were much heavier than others. It was when they opened them to investigate that they discovered the drugs.

A spokesman told the Guardian that more bags of cocaine were found in a separate shipment at the central depot in Copenhagen.

So is this the strangest supermarket find of all time?


We reported last week about the Londoner who found a tarantula in a supermarket box of bananas. Spiders seem to have found their way into banana shipments all over the country - from the Central American striped-knee spider in Clitheroe, to the banana spider in Edinburgh and the deadly Brazilian Wandering Spider in Chatham.

Spiders are also known to lurk in boxes of grapes, including a two-inch wolf spider crawling in supermarket grapes in a fridge in Fife in March. And even more horrifyingly, a black widow found in a bunch of grapes from Asda in Rickmansworth in 2005.


Other exotic wildlife is less likely to make the trip alive. However, it doesn't mean we're safe from shocking discoveries in the supermarket. In 2010, a corn snake was found wrapped around a pipe in a Spar in the Highlands - he had escaped months earlier from his owner who lived in the flat above the shop. A couple of years later another corn snake was left by a customer in the toilets at Tesco in Salford. It's not known whether it was left deliberately or not.


Then yesterday, we reported the horrible story of a severed deer head left on a till in a Safron Walden branch of Tesco. The innards were left in a nearby isle and the culprit remains at large.

While earlier this year we reported the horror of a mother who found a bloodied syringe in a loaf of bread she had bought from Tesco in Salford. A drug addict had apparently pushed it through the wrapper to hide his drug addition from his wife.

They are all pretty shocking things to find in a supermarket, but which qualifies as the strangest? What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

Seven of the craziest supermarket glitches
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Coop staff find cocaine inside banana crates

One of the most popular glitches, was a wine deal at Tesco back in November 2012, where a series of offers clashed, leaving a bottle of £9.99 wine selling for £1.50.

The 'three wines for £10' deal apparently clashed with a '25% off when you buy six or more bottles' deal. The 25% was accidentally taken off the original price rather than the reduced one, leaving the wine at rock bottom prices. Deal-hunters cleared the shelves around the country.

Perhaps the most popular glitch from Tesco came in June 2011, when instead of taking £4 off the cost of a £20 case of beer, the supermarket accidentally started selling the cases for £4. The ensuring rush was nicknamed the 'beer stampede'.

Sadly not every supermarket pricing glitch comes with such a happy ending for consumers. In March last year the bargain-hunters thought their luck was in, when Tesco accidentally priced the new iPad at just £44.99 instead of around £650. Sadly it spotted the mistake before shipping the goods. The small print on its website meant it could refuse to sell at this price, and refund their customers instead.

In September 2012, Asda was responsible for one of the most expensive glitches. The Asda Price Guarantee offered vouchers to customers who could have got their shopping cheaper elsewhere.

However, when certain trigger products were in the basket, the supermarket massively under-priced the shopping at other supermarkets, and offered huge vouchers to shoppers. In many instances the vouchers came to roughly the same as the cost of the shopping.

In April, a mistake on their website resulted in Tesco selling 8 packs of Bulmers cider 568ml bottles for £5 - rather than a six pack for £8.

Deal-hunters snapped up the deal online, and had varying degrees of success. Some had their order delivered in full, others had six delivered for £5 - and were able to negotiate their way to another two, while others were offered six for £5 or their money back.

October last year saw one of the most famous glitches, when Tesco Terry's Chocolate Oranges were subject to two deals at the same time, and the price dropped from £2.75 to 29p. There were plenty of people getting chocolate oranges last Christmas.

A buy-one-get-one-free deal went awry at Tesco in March. People putting four tubs of I can't Believe It's Not Butter or Oykos yogurt packs into the trolley were only being charged for one.

Soon the online deal-hunting community was in action, with one person bagging 50 tubs of butter and 22 pots of yogurt for £8.79 - a saving of £133.89.


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