With coronavirus locking in full swing, people are using supermarket home delivery and click and collect services more than ever.
Their beauty lies in the fact that you can do your weekly store from the comfort of your own sofa.
But like everything, they aren’t quite perfect yet.
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With high demand for certain items and Asda’s inventory, Sainsbury’s and Tesco are still recovering from panic purchases in March, inevitably some of the things we order are not always available.
And instead of just leaving them out of our orders, some supermarkets offer substitutions.
For the most part, they are quite reasonable. But sometimes they are downright ridiculous, as buyers have shared.
By posting on the Reduce Your Supermarket Expenses Facebook group, Asda customer Jade Browne started the conversation with a photo of her last rather odd food swap.
She asked, “What are the worst substitutes you’ve ever had?” “
“I can’t wait to get my eight bags of shrimp crackers instead of the Chinese box.
“My husband and I had a good laugh this morning !! “
His April 30 article drew the attention of many, garnering over 900 responses and over 1,000 responses.
One of them replied, “The Asda are hilarious for submarines.
“I ordered Halloween candy and got a ton of nicer eggs. But I have heard drivers say lots of roses instead of chocolate roses. “
Another said, “I ordered a birthday cake and candles and they gave me a birthday cake and substituted the candles for 50 scented tealights !! “
A third added: “I ordered sunflower oil, they sent me a real sunflower. I wouldn’t have cared if it was vegetable oil. “
And a fourth wrote, “I ordered latex gloves after they sent me condoms instead. “
And it wasn’t just Asda who was sending questionable substitutes either, it seems that Sainsbury’s and Tesco were also there.
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There were stories of vegan food being traded for dairy alternatives, sticks of bread arriving in place of tampons and squash instead of beer.
One said, “I ordered frozen fish and Sainsbury’s replaced with a fabric softener. “
A second wrote: “I ordered fuel for barbecue lighter and got a freddo chocolate egg from Tesco. “
And a third recalled, “I ordered a three-course vegetarian meal from Tesco. They replaced it with a single bag of spinach.
“The driver and I couldn’t stop laughing when we spotted him. “
Some helpful commenters have pointed out that you can turn off substitutions if you want in most supermarkets.
Others, however, just enjoyed the thread and laughed at the “hilarious” exchanges.