A Sainsbury’s shopper was baffled when the supermarket gave her a box of egg custard tarts as a substitute for eggs in her online order.
The woman, who has asked not to be named, made her order through Uber with the intention to have scrambled eggs for breakfast this week. However, Brits have been warned of egg shortages due to bird flu and the increase in production costs.
It meant Sainsbury’s was unable to provide the woman with the one box of eggs she wanted.
“I didn’t receive any notifications to let me know they were out of stock so was bemused when I saw the egg custard tarts and twigged it was a substitute when I realised the eggs were missing,” the shopper said.
“I burst out laughing as I have hated custard since school dinner days.”
“I have contacted Uber Eats but they haven’t responded yet.”
Twitter users mocked the supermarket’s choice of substitutes via their delivery service, reports Mirror.
One user said: “Sainsbury’s once replaced a packet of biscuits with chewing gum and freezer bags with cat food (I don’t even own a cat)”
Another added: “I ordered veggie sausages and they were replaced with pork sausages.”
One person suggested that the women should have received six egg custard tarts to make up for the missing six pack of eggs.
“They didn’t even try to get close to the same type of item,” said one user.
While another said: “On what planet would this ever be a great substitute for eggs?”
According to official figures, the price of a box of a dozen eggs has gone up by more than 22 per cent.
Last year, the UK produced 11.3 billion eggs – and imported another 1.4 billion to meet demand.
Asda and Lidl have resorted to rationing eggs as a result of the crisis farmers face currently.
Mirror and Express.co.uk have contacted Sainsbury’s and Uber Eats for comment regarding the woman’s experience.