The shopper and a store worker tried to corner and capture the scorpion but it wasn’t having it. It scurried into a crack in the woodwork. Was the scorpion indavertantly packed into a shipment of dresses? Or is it a native and perhaps permanent resident of the mall? Identification of the species could help solve the mystery.
Scorpions are predators that use their venom to immobilize and capture insect prey. Depending on the sanitation, a scorpion may find a feast at a mall consisting of urban pests such as cockroaches and insects attracted to lights.
Is this story a marketing win? The store and mall logged free air time and many internet hits. On the downside, people afraid of scorpions and other arthropods may now be put off from the mall. Personally, the thought of finding scorpions would make any mall trip less boring.