A supermarket shopper was in for a grim surprise when she popped in for a quick shop.
Mrs Susan Osborne,43 stopped by her local Tesco store to fill up her basket and was horrified when her colostomy bag got snagged on the conveyor belt after putting her regular items through.
The medical waste bag ripped open spreading the contents of the previous night’s dinner out.
Mrs Osborne watched in shock as the autoscan laser began to identify the gently steaming contents of the bag as they rolled along the length of the conveyor belt.
She stood frozen as the till added the unexpected items to her bill:
diced carrots (43p)
sweet corn (27p)
fresh skinned tomatoes (35p per carton)
and an entire 6 pack of mini scotch eggs (2 for £1.00 special offer)
Mrs Osborne was distraught and embarrassed at coming undone in public in such an unseemly fashion.
However she did point out that after scooping the mess back into the bag and asking for a clean up on aisle 2, that she found the store staff to be very helpful.
“The manager could not have been more understanding” she said. “He not only helped me clean up this accident, but allowed me to keep the extra points on my store card even though I’d already gotten points for buying the same items here yesterday.”
She added “I was a little disappointed though when they charged me an extra pound for using a new bag in store. After all, I did bring my own bag for life so they should really have waived this extra charge under the circumstances.”
A Tesco spokesman, Mr Simon Jones, said this was a very rare occurrence. Though he added he had heard of one woman who had qualified for 1000 extra store points when her stripy top was scanned by the barcode reader as a purchase for a particularly large pair of melons.