We’ve all had our off-putting experiences with restaurant food, whether it’s finding a hair in food or some cutlery with bits of old food caked on it. It’s never fun to have something that gets in the way of your meal and makes you wonder about the cleanliness of the space where things are being prepared.
But when you buy food from the supermarket, you certainly don’t expect it to have anything but what is listed on the packaging. After all, that is what you pay the supermarket for, to clean and package the food for you.
In recent years, however, some startling stories have emerged about shoppers who’ve got more than they had bargained for, including a family of dangerous spiders bursting out of a banana bought from an Aldi supermarket in Wales. Then one day, Wes Metcalfe went to his neighborhood Tesco supermarket and bought some cucumbers…
Dear Tesco, yesterday I purchased one of your fine cucumbers which I had planned on using to make my favourite dish – a…
There inside the plastic packaging the cucumber was wrapped in, Metcalfe found a worm! While he was a bit grossed out, the whole experience led to an epic Facebook back and forth between the wry shopper and the supermarket that had millions of people following along with glee.
Metcalfe decided to send in some words of complaint via Facebook, but rather than getting accusatory, he opted for the humorous approach. Rather than getting upset about the whole thing, he thought the worm would make a wonderful, free, low-maintenance pet for his children. “We decided to name him William. Our new pet appeared to be very unresponsive, we just put it down to him being sleepy and decided to give him sometime to come round.”
Unfortunately, William didn’t come to, and Metcalfe felt aggrieved by the whole process. “I know Aldi’s Banana spiders were deadly but at least they had some life in them.” Moreover, Metcalfe had to figure out what to do with the little worm. “I now have three very upset children, a worm funeral to plan and to top it all off I’ve totally lost my taste for cucumber sandwiches.”
As he explained, this was particularly upsetting “as everyone knows they are a favourite at any wake.”
Pretty soon, Metcalfe’s tongue-in-cheek post had thousands of people laughing along with him and wondering how, as he put it, Tesco would “wiggle [their] way out of this one!?!?”
But a customer-care agent named Rob, who represented the store on social media, was definitely up to the challenge. Rob explained that he was going to a music festival and would be thinking of William as he walked through the muddy fields, where many a worm lived.
He proceeded to share a poem for William: “He wriggled many miles; he gave us many smiles, so we stand today confident and firm… William will be back just like Arnie, though we will all check before we make a sarnie [sandwich].”
Dear Rob I wrote but you still ain't callingI even put a picture of William's memorial plaque at the bottomI sent two…
Not to be one-upped, Wes Metcalfe organized a full-scale funeral for the worm, complete with a picture of the deceased, a cross (made of popsicle sticks), and a Tesco value “Deepest Sympathies” card. He also included a poem of his own: “before his death William was completely unknown / Spending the days in the mud on his own / But now his name has travelled wide and far / William the worm – viral superstar.”
Before he knew it, Rob from Tesco had fired back again, this time with a version of Oasis’s “Wonderwall,” which became, you guessed it “wonder worm.” Then Metcalfe had a go on transforming song lyrics with a version of Eminem’s “Stan,” dedicated to William the Worm.
Things ended amicably, although Metcalfe’s massively viral posts soon attracted plenty of other customers who posted their very real and not-so-funny stories of buying spoiled foods from Tesco, such as milk and eggs. One customer even found one of William’s cousins in her strawberries, although as opposed to his celebrity relative, this worm was still alive and crawling.
However, the whole thing definitely delighted Facebook users who kept logging in to see what would happen next in the just-for-laughs square-off between a shopper and the store. This all must have come as poor consolation for William, but he can at least rest assured that he was amply honored in death!