Tesco customer sent octopus instead of bread

Tesco sent an octopus as a replacement for out-of-stock walnut bread. Photo is twit-pic from John Goodger

Tesco sent an octopus as a replacement for out-of-stock walnut bread. Photo is twit-pic from John Goodger

John Goodger placed a simple online order for walnut bread, among other items, with supermarket giant Tesco in the U.K. What was sent to him was definitely not walnut loaf. Not even close.

Tesco made a very bizarre substitution. A whole octopus.

The Mirror and Daily Star reported the story Friday, the day Goodger of Croydon, South London, tweeted a photo of his receipt, saying "Genuine Tesco substitution: Whole Octopus as an alternative to Walnut Loaf."

octopus Sergio Russo:Flickr

Generic whole octopus similar to the one Tesco sent a customer instead of bread. Photo by Sergio Russo/Flickr

Tesco is known to substitute food items that have been ordered but aren't in stock with something similar. But an octopus instead of bread?

Goodger's tweet prompted this comical Twitter reply from Tesco: "This has ten-tickled us so much! Maybe the personal shopper was trying to be Billy the Squid?"

Well, it can't be said that the food giant didn't warn customers beforehand.

On Tesco's website, it writes, "Although Tesco.com aims to offer you the best service possible, Tesco.com makes no promise that the services at the Tesco.com site will meet your requirements. Tesco.com cannot guarantee that the service will be fault free."

There you go, people. Consider yourselves warned.

Apparently, Tesco isn't much better at making suggestions for substitutions on its website. According to Buzzfeed, someone tried purchasing Twinings Sleep tea, but it was out of stock. Tesco suggested Twinings Awake tea as a replacement.

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