The surprise Richard Bootman had when he sat down for a mid-morning snack has become a viral ‘Spudgate’ across the internet.
For instead of crunchy golden crisps inside his pack of Aldi steak and onion flavour, Richard, from Mildenhall, found a whole, uncooked potato.
As he left work he had grabbed two bags of crisps from a multi-pack bought in Brandon Aldi, and the puffed up bags felt normal.
Even when the architectural designer started opening the bag as he and his colleagues at M Price Ltd in Bury St Edmunds stopped for a break and coffee, he noticed nothing unusual.
Richard said: “I opened the bag and Chris, who works here, said ‘what’s wrong, mate?’ so I tipped the bag and the potato rolled out – everyone in the office couldn’t stop laughing.
“The bag was clean inside with no sign it had ever held crisps. The potato looked as if it had been oiled ready to cook and that’s as far as it had got. I couldn’t understand how it had happened.”
He thought it was so odd and funny that he posted it on his Facebook page, where a friend saw it and chipped in with an article for the London Metro website.
“From there it just spread,” said Richard. “Someone sent me a link to a Russian news site that had used it and it’s been on websites in India and Taiwan. I don’t know why people like it so much.”
It has even appealed to the spud professionals, with an appearance on the Potato Pro website.
An Aldi spokesman’s crisp response was:“Aldi is aware of this incident and is happy to offer the customer a full refund.”