Scorpion stings Harris Teeter employee inside Raleigh store

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A scorpion stung a Harris Teeter employee in Raleigh (WTVD)

A Harris Teeter employee in Raleigh is recovering after being stung by a scorpion while inside the store.

Officials said it happened Wednesday at the Harris Teeter in Cameron Village.

"It's not Arizona! It's North Carolina," reasoned Wes Bartek, from Raleigh. "What's a scorpion doing in a Harris Teeter? I don't understand!"

Though company officials declined to share details surrounding the incident, they did release the following statement:

"Harris Teeter deeply regrets this unfortunate, rare incident occurred in our store. We are thankful our store management team acted quickly to seek medical attention for our valued associate. We are staying in close contact with our associate as well as conducting a thorough investigation to determine how the scorpion came to be inside the store and explore ways to prevent this from happening again."

"It could have happened anywhere," Bartek said. "It could have happened in a restaurant, it could have happened anywhere, so I don't think you can blame them too much."

Officials remain tight-lipped on the employee's condition. There's been no word on how the scorpion got into the store.

"That could happen anywhere," argued Raleigh resident George Dyer. "I don't know what more they could do, It's the truckers, whatever, that are hauling this stuff in. So maybe you've gotta find out where they're coming from."

The North Carolina Department of Labor said the OSH (Occupational Safety and Health Division) has not been notified of the scorpion situation. The employer is not required to notify OSH unless the employee is hospitalized.

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