Rising crime rates in the United States have prompted at least one kansas City department store to take on a novel kind of security guard.
SCU Woman speaking about spider.
SCU Tarantula crawling across diamond jewellery. (3 shots)
CU Sign and women looking at spider (3 shots)
SCU Women speaking
SCU Small boy making comment about spider.
GV AND CU Spider.
SV Boy speaking.
GV Shoppers looking at showcase. (7 shots)
Rising crime rates in the United States have prompted at least one Kansas City department store to take on a novel kind of security-guard in its jewellery section.....a tarantula spider. T.V.N. reporter Barry Morris visited the store to see its effect. Here's his report....along with a few comments he got from surprised shoppers:
SEQ. 1: WOMAN: "It's being. don't, don't let it get out. Please don't let it get our."
MORRIS: "She's a fuzzy, ugly creature. Some says she's deadly. Few would tempt here skill as a security guard. Her name is "diamond Lil". She's a tarantula and her patrol is a diamond cage in a downtown department store. Signs warn of her presence....and almost immediately, she's proved her worth. Not so much for security....but for her ability to draw a crowd."
SEQ. 2: WOMAN: "I didn't think it was real at first...but then I saw it move, I knew it was real".
MORRIS: "What do you think of the spider?"
SEQ. 5: CHILD: "Naah, yaach."
MORRIS: "Would you like to put your hand in that case?"
SEQ. 7: BOY: "I want it for a pet."
MORRIS: "At least one Kansas City petshop has had a run on tarantulas in recent days. Most have been bought as offbeat pets....but for stores with security problems, at ten dollars a spider, tarantulas are cheaper than watchdogs."
"Barry Morris reporting from Kansas City."
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This film is serviced with a commentary by T.V.N. reporter Barry Morris....and a selection of comments he received from shoppers in the store when they first saw the spider.
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Background: Rising crime rates in the United States have prompted at least one kansas City department store to take on a novel kind of security guard.
The store has purchased a tarantula spider to guard its jewellery display case.
The spider has been nicknamed "Diamond Lil", and has attracted so much attention that one pet store in the city has reported a sudden increase in tarantula sales, mainly as offbeat pets.
The tarantula -- full name "Lycosa Tarantula" -- is a large spider with a body between one to two inches in length (22.214.171.124 centimetres). Its bite was once thought to be poisonous, but modern research has proved that its greatest danger lies in its ability to inflict painful wounds.
Poisonous or not, "Diamond Lil" seems to be fulfilling her security duties in her jewel-case home with great success.