Idiot of the Week: Michigan Man Sets Gas Pump on Fire While Attempting to Kill Spider with Cigarette Lighter

In what is easily the dumbest story you will read all day, a Michigan man has earned a Darwin Award for attempting to kill a spider and lighting a gas station on fire in the process.

According to Fox2 Detroit, the man has a deadly fear of spiders and when he noticed one at the pump he attempted to kill it with a fire

No this is sadly not a joke at all.


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He somehow escaped serious injury and the gas stations damage was contained to one pump, which was destroyed. The incident was recorded at a Center Line gas station.

Employee Susan Adams kept calm and hit the gas automatic stop button and quickly called the Center Line fire department.

The man grabbed a nearby extinguisher and put out the flames before firefighters arrived. Later he admitted what he did, saying he spotted a spider on his gas tank and because hes deathly afraid of the critters.

He was sorry, Susan said. He was sorry, he said he didnt know. It is just one of those things that happen stupidity.

Reportedly, the Mobil stations insurance will pay for the damage and the mans vehicle was not seriously damaged during the incident. As for the spider, there have been no confirmed reports that it was killed during the blaze.

#BlackLivesMatter has yet to make a statement on the matter given the spiders color is currently unknown.