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Scared of spiders? One guy could prove your superhero
YOU may be more used to seeing him flying from building to building in Hollywood blockbusters.
But Spider-Man will now be hitting the streets of Witney.
He won’t be fighting the Green Goblin or Venom but will instead be ridding Witney homes of eight-legged creatures.
Richard Asher is taking up the role of professional spider catcher, in the guise of the Marvel Comics character.
Mr Asher has not been bitten by a radioactive spider like the comic character Peter Parker – but he got the idea for his off-beat new job by a joke in the pub one night.
The 34-year-old said: “I am always catching spiders in my house and have always been the one that people come to get rid of them. So my friend said in the pub one night that I should take it up as a career.
“Most people forget about things like that but I took it as more of a challenge and I ordered the costume.”
Mr Asher, originally from South Africa, said he was hoping to make a business from the “skill”.
He bought his £30 costume and has already received some calls, but they were prank ones.
He said: “I work in a factory and the Teddy Bears of Witney shop but it doesn’t always make ends meet.
“I don’t want to have a going rate for it at the moment so I am just asking people who I help out to pay me what they think my trouble is worth.
“So many people are afraid of spiders and I am not, so I don’t mind helping people out.”
Mr Asher, who lives in Woodstock Road, Witney, said he will be on call 24/7.
“I only have a bike to get around on, so I won’t be able to go too far and not outside of Witney, but people can call me when they are in need.”
If you need Spider-Man, call 07986 369246.
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