Wes Metcalfe went to Tesco in Dinnington Sheffield and bought a cucumber that had a worm in it. He wrote a Facebook post about it, aimed at Tesco. He wasn’t complaining that his cucumber had a worm in it, but that the worm was unfortunately dead.
Dear Tesco, yesterday I purchased one of your fine cucumbers which I had planned on using to make my favourite dish - a cucumber sandwich
Upon opening my cucumber I discovered a worm inside the wrapping (see picture). I thought - at last, finally Tesco have come up with something to beat Aldi's free spider with bananas offer.
I excitedly shouted the kids downstairs to come and meet our new pet. 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.
24 hours later and William still hasn't moved, on closer inspection he seems quite flat (again see picture) and I think he may be dead. Well...I'm no vet but I think the tight shrink wrap on the cucumber may have squashed and killed William.
I know Aldi's Banana spiders were deadly but at least they had some life in them.
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 which as everyone knows are a favourite at any wake.
So come on Tesco wiggle your way out of this one!?!?
A customer representative from Tesco named Rob responded with a poem to assuage Metcalfe’s grief over the loss of the pet he called William the worm. Metcalfe then wrote a poem of his own. And he held a funeral.
But the tributes didn’t stop there. Rob from Tesco reworked the lyrics of a song to make it about William the worm. And Metcalfe responded with another song. There are now over 14,000 comments under the original Facebook post, but you can read the poetry and highlights from the correspondence at Buzzfeed.
And in the wake of the public outpouring of sympathy, Metcalfe launched a Facebook page in William’s honor. You can leave your condolences there.