A serving suggestion for a sandwich has caused a national scandal in Australia 3 years ago

A serving suggestion for a sandwich has caused a national scandal in Australia

That’s a bloody outrage it is!

A new serving suggestion for a much-beloved sandwich in Australia has caused outrage amongst many residents of the country and something resembling a national scandal in the process.


This week, an iconic sandwich known as the Bunnings sausage sizzle – so called as it is served at fundraisers hosted by Australian hardware chain Bunnings Warehouse – underwent something of a makeover.

For health and safety reasons, the hardware chain (there are 300 of them in Australia) informed customers that the open top sandwich, served on one slice of white bread, would from now on be served with fried onions under sausages instead of on top of them (ketchup is also served on the sandwich), as had previously been the case.

Bunnings have explained that the reason for the change is for health and safety reasons as it was feared that customers bringing their sandwiches into the store – they are served outside – could potentially drop the onions onto the ground and subsequently slip on them.

“Onions can be slippery when they fall out of a sausage sandwich,” a flier distributed to community groups including instructions for preparing the famous sandwich read.

“To make sure that onions don’t end up on the ground and pose a slipping risk, please apply a small amount of onion to the bread under the sausage when serving.”


Sounds like a fairly simple and straightforward change, right? Wrong.

To say it has caused a ruckus would be putting it mildly. A news anchor on TV stated that the move “will ruin Australia” and, much like when Bart Simpson’s collect call to the country went a little awry in the famous episode of The Simpsons Down Under, it’s even gone all the way to the Prime Minister (“Andyyyyy!”).

Diplomatic to a fault, when asked whether Bunnings' new method for preparing the sandwich was “un-Australian”, Prime Minister Scott Morrison responded: “Whether the onions are on top or underneath, I’ll always be buying sausages on bread.”

Bunnings for their part, claim that safety was the sole reason for the new serving suggestion and that it wasn’t, as cynics might suggest, a ploy to attract the kind of attention that has already arrived in spades.

“Safety is always our number one priority,” Debbie Poole, a spokeswoman for Bunnings Warehouse, said in a statement.


“Regardless of how you like your onion and snag (the term used for the sausage in Australia), we are confident this new serving suggestion will not impact the delicious taste or great feeling you get when supporting your local community group.”

“This is not about marketing,” she added.

“This recommendation has been made in the best interest of customer safety.”

That explanation has cut no dice with some opponents of the new serving suggestion Down Under, but we're sure it's nothing that can't be solved with a booting...


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