Man's 'Why Don't You Just Die?' Screams At Spider Incite Huge Police Response
Rhys Howard added that he was “embarrassed” about wasting police time but admitted that both he and his partner found the incident “hilarious.”
PERTH, AUSTRALIA — Police in Australia sent multiple officers to a residence after a neighbor called them to report he heard a man threatening to kill his wife – only to discover that the man was simply trying to kill a spider.
Officers visited the home on Wednesday after a passerby walking outside a house in suburban Perth heard a toddler screaming and a man shouting "Why don't you just die?" according to The Guardian.
Wanneroo Police officer-in-charge Senior Sergeant Simon Hazel said three high-priority police vehicles were deployed as soon as the call was made. When police arrived on scene, they found Rhys Howard trying to kill the spider.
Howard told ABC News that he suffers from arachnophobia and “freaked out” when he came out of the bedroom and saw the spider on the floor.
"My partner was in the shower so I grabbed the first thing I saw, which was a nappy because we're toilet training our daughter, and I went down on my knees and I whacked it a few times,” he told ABC News.
Howard added that he was “embarrassed” about wasting police time but admitted that both he and his partner found the incident “hilarious.”
An excerpt from the call log was posted on the Wanneroo Police Twitter page – but has since been deleted. It read:
"Caller walked past the AA and heard a male screaming out 'Why don't you die' — repeatedly," the log said. "The toddler inside was screaming… caller doesn't know them, but has seen them a few times when walking."
In a log update, police said: "Police spoke with all parties who advised that husband had only been trying to kill a spider (has serious fear of spiders)."
Another update read: "Apologised for inconvenience to police. No injuries sighted (except to spider). No further police involvement required."
A police source reportedly explained to The Guardian that the tweet was deleted because it included a screenshot of police communications.