Needle 'found in bag of Sidcup Tesco potatoes'

Needle 'found in bag of Sidcup Tesco potatoes'

Jason Cogley outside Tesco in Station Road, Sidcup.

The bag of potatoes where Jason Cogley says he found the sewing needle.

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TESCO is investigating a complaint by a Sidcup shopper who claims he found a needle in a bag of potatoes.

Jason Cogley says he was looking forward to tucking into a healthy mixed salad with microwaved spuds when he made the alleged discovery.

News Shopper:

Fortunately the 39-year-old, who claims he bought the potatoes from Tesco Express in Station Road, avoided a sharp surprise last Wednesday (October 2).

The father-of-three said: "I opened the bag and poured them onto the counter and saw the needle.

"I couldn’t believe it, it’s not the sort of thing you expect to find in microwave potatoes.

"We were quite shocked."

Mr Cogley, of Cray Road, phoned Tesco straight away to arrange to return the bag to the shop where he says he received a full refund.

News Shopper:

He added: "It’s quite worrying. There could be more bags with needles in.

"It was a two-inch sewing needle, we don’t have them in our house.

"We normally shop at the big Tesco in Edgington Way."

A Tesco spokesperson said: "We set ourselves very high standards for the safety and quality of our food and we are investigating Mr Cogley’s complaint.”

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9:48am Wed 9 Oct 13

kentlad says...

its from sowing the seeds it happens from time to time :)
its from sowing the seeds it happens from time to time :) kentlad
  • Score: 36

10:14am Wed 9 Oct 13

molsey says...

Looks like the fella's got the right needle.
Looks like the fella's got the right needle. molsey
  • Score: 27

10:34am Wed 9 Oct 13

Bestbaz says...

The needle is there for pricking the potatoes before they are microwaved
The needle is there for pricking the potatoes before they are microwaved Bestbaz
  • Score: 27

10:37am Wed 9 Oct 13

the wall says...

OH NO! Folded arms.
OH NO! Folded arms. the wall
  • Score: 44

11:27am Wed 9 Oct 13

Citygirl83 says...

If they are to be cooked in the microwave, why did he open the bag and pour them out onto the counter? mmm sounds a bit too dodgy to me.
If they are to be cooked in the microwave, why did he open the bag and pour them out onto the counter? mmm sounds a bit too dodgy to me. Citygirl83
  • Score: 11

1:18pm Wed 9 Oct 13

snoop dogg says...

COMPO!!!!
COMPO!!!! snoop dogg
  • Score: 12

2:25pm Wed 9 Oct 13

MumOfFive says...

The picture was taken after he took it all out of the bag I threw it all in to return to the store. When he got home for lunch, he took it all out and took his own pictures. I have the pictures of when it happened as I was dishing up.
And a sewing needle put IN a microwavable bag to **** the potatoes? When you are not supposed to open the bag before microwaving it?
Well thank you for clearing that up O.o
The picture was taken after he took it all out of the bag I threw it all in to return to the store. When he got home for lunch, he took it all out and took his own pictures. I have the pictures of when it happened as I was dishing up. And a sewing needle put IN a microwavable bag to **** the potatoes? When you are not supposed to open the bag before microwaving it? Well thank you for clearing that up O.o MumOfFive
  • Score: -17

3:05pm Wed 9 Oct 13

Gypo.Joe says...

MumOfFive wrote:
The picture was taken after he took it all out of the bag I threw it all in to return to the store. When he got home for lunch, he took it all out and took his own pictures. I have the pictures of when it happened as I was dishing up.
And a sewing needle put IN a microwavable bag to **** the potatoes? When you are not supposed to open the bag before microwaving it?
Well thank you for clearing that up O.o
What have you got planned for the compo money ?
[quote][p][bold]MumOfFive[/bold] wrote: The picture was taken after he took it all out of the bag I threw it all in to return to the store. When he got home for lunch, he took it all out and took his own pictures. I have the pictures of when it happened as I was dishing up. And a sewing needle put IN a microwavable bag to **** the potatoes? When you are not supposed to open the bag before microwaving it? Well thank you for clearing that up O.o[/p][/quote]What have you got planned for the compo money ? Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 0

3:08pm Wed 9 Oct 13

Virtual-Monster says...

It's a freebie, delivered in an environmentally friendly way. What's the problem?
It's a freebie, delivered in an environmentally friendly way. What's the problem? Virtual-Monster
  • Score: 7

5:41pm Wed 9 Oct 13

Marty1979 says...

the wall wrote:
OH NO! Folded arms.
Of course
[quote][p][bold]the wall[/bold] wrote: OH NO! Folded arms.[/p][/quote]Of course Marty1979
  • Score: 16

5:45pm Wed 9 Oct 13

Marty1979 says...

MumOfFive wrote:
The picture was taken after he took it all out of the bag I threw it all in to return to the store. When he got home for lunch, he took it all out and took his own pictures. I have the pictures of when it happened as I was dishing up.
And a sewing needle put IN a microwavable bag to **** the potatoes? When you are not supposed to open the bag before microwaving it?
Well thank you for clearing that up O.o
I cannot understand what you are saying - you cooked the spuds then found a needle? You took them out & found the needle (so he didn't) ?
[quote][p][bold]MumOfFive[/bold] wrote: The picture was taken after he took it all out of the bag I threw it all in to return to the store. When he got home for lunch, he took it all out and took his own pictures. I have the pictures of when it happened as I was dishing up. And a sewing needle put IN a microwavable bag to **** the potatoes? When you are not supposed to open the bag before microwaving it? Well thank you for clearing that up O.o[/p][/quote]I cannot understand what you are saying - you cooked the spuds then found a needle? You took them out & found the needle (so he didn't) ? Marty1979
  • Score: 12

6:31pm Wed 9 Oct 13

molsey says...

MumOfFive wrote:
The picture was taken after he took it all out of the bag I threw it all in to return to the store. When he got home for lunch, he took it all out and took his own pictures. I have the pictures of when it happened as I was dishing up.
And a sewing needle put IN a microwavable bag to **** the potatoes? When you are not supposed to open the bag before microwaving it?
Well thank you for clearing that up O.o
Could you explain that a little better cos I can't make head nor tail of it. Take your time Dear.
[quote][p][bold]MumOfFive[/bold] wrote: The picture was taken after he took it all out of the bag I threw it all in to return to the store. When he got home for lunch, he took it all out and took his own pictures. I have the pictures of when it happened as I was dishing up. And a sewing needle put IN a microwavable bag to **** the potatoes? When you are not supposed to open the bag before microwaving it? Well thank you for clearing that up O.o[/p][/quote]Could you explain that a little better cos I can't make head nor tail of it. Take your time Dear. molsey
  • Score: 14

7:11pm Wed 9 Oct 13

Tbag79 says...

If you microwaved the potatoes with the needle inside the packet it would have set the microwave off in sparks as it does if you put any metal into one. However I see no mention of a wrecked microwave!!!!!!!
If you microwaved the potatoes with the needle inside the packet it would have set the microwave off in sparks as it does if you put any metal into one. However I see no mention of a wrecked microwave!!!!!!! Tbag79
  • Score: 12

11:28am Thu 10 Oct 13

Gypo.Joe says...

That's it for me now when I go shopping for spuds I'm taking a metal detector with me. I will wear me tin foil hat just to be safe as well.

All businesses should put a holder up as you enter the premises for the claims forms. It will save no end of time for people having to ask for one.
That's it for me now when I go shopping for spuds I'm taking a metal detector with me. I will wear me tin foil hat just to be safe as well. All businesses should put a holder up as you enter the premises for the claims forms. It will save no end of time for people having to ask for one. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: 1

11:40am Thu 10 Oct 13

snoop dogg says...

Profile of typical NS compo seeker:-

1. Lives in DA or SE postcode
2. Targets Tesco or Asda (the biggest stores with the most money)
3. Reports compo "find" immediately to NS
4. Poses in NS picture looking mournful (with folded arms)
5. Takes issue/outrage with anyone querying them (or better still gets family member to do so)
Profile of typical NS compo seeker:- 1. Lives in DA or SE postcode 2. Targets Tesco or Asda (the biggest stores with the most money) 3. Reports compo "find" immediately to NS 4. Poses in NS picture looking mournful (with folded arms) 5. Takes issue/outrage with anyone querying them (or better still gets family member to do so) snoop dogg
  • Score: 9

12:24pm Thu 10 Oct 13

Penshurst Party Girl says...

I agree with Tbag79. There is no way you could have microwaved the bag containing the metal needle without knowing about it. To only have noticed it on dishing up, no way!
I agree with Tbag79. There is no way you could have microwaved the bag containing the metal needle without knowing about it. To only have noticed it on dishing up, no way! Penshurst Party Girl
  • Score: 7

3:40pm Thu 10 Oct 13

the wall says...

I have not posted anything that is false, abusive or malicious. So why has my post been removed?

Truth hurts maybe.
I have not posted anything that is false, abusive or malicious. So why has my post been removed? Truth hurts maybe. the wall
  • Score: -2

3:47pm Thu 10 Oct 13

molsey says...

the wall wrote:
I have not posted anything that is false, abusive or malicious. So why has my post been removed?

Truth hurts maybe.
Dictionary quotes bore people that's why.
[quote][p][bold]the wall[/bold] wrote: I have not posted anything that is false, abusive or malicious. So why has my post been removed? Truth hurts maybe.[/p][/quote]Dictionary quotes bore people that's why. molsey
  • Score: 10

4:19pm Thu 10 Oct 13

molsey says...

snoop dogg wrote:
Profile of typical NS compo seeker:-

1. Lives in DA or SE postcode
2. Targets Tesco or Asda (the biggest stores with the most money)
3. Reports compo "find" immediately to NS
4. Poses in NS picture looking mournful (with folded arms)
5. Takes issue/outrage with anyone querying them (or better still gets family member to do so)
Takes one to know one.
[quote][p][bold]snoop dogg[/bold] wrote: Profile of typical NS compo seeker:- 1. Lives in DA or SE postcode 2. Targets Tesco or Asda (the biggest stores with the most money) 3. Reports compo "find" immediately to NS 4. Poses in NS picture looking mournful (with folded arms) 5. Takes issue/outrage with anyone querying them (or better still gets family member to do so)[/p][/quote]Takes one to know one. molsey
  • Score: 7

1:26am Fri 11 Oct 13

toomush2drink says...

A mistake has been made. big deal.

Lets face it when you buy spuds you never eat them straight from the bag do you ?
You either ,wash,heat or boil them first dont you ?

So how would anyone manage to devour anything other than a potato considering this ?

Sure he deserves an apology but compo ?
A mistake has been made. big deal. Lets face it when you buy spuds you never eat them straight from the bag do you ? You either ,wash,heat or boil them first dont you ? So how would anyone manage to devour anything other than a potato considering this ? Sure he deserves an apology but compo ? toomush2drink
  • Score: 6

9:26am Fri 11 Oct 13

Penshurst Party Girl says...

toomush2drink these days they sell them washed and ready to microwave, so yes you do eat them straight from the bag. The age of convenience!
toomush2drink these days they sell them washed and ready to microwave, so yes you do eat them straight from the bag. The age of convenience! Penshurst Party Girl
  • Score: -2

5:34pm Sat 12 Oct 13

madras says...

Tbag79 wrote:
If you microwaved the potatoes with the needle inside the packet it would have set the microwave off in sparks as it does if you put any metal into one. However I see no mention of a wrecked microwave!!!!!!!
not necessarily true - arcing can occur with metal objects, particularly if they are placed touching/on top of each other - but one single metal object in a microwave will not necessarily cause sparks
[quote][p][bold]Tbag79[/bold] wrote: If you microwaved the potatoes with the needle inside the packet it would have set the microwave off in sparks as it does if you put any metal into one. However I see no mention of a wrecked microwave!!!!!!![/p][/quote]not necessarily true - arcing can occur with metal objects, particularly if they are placed touching/on top of each other - but one single metal object in a microwave will not necessarily cause sparks madras
  • Score: 2

2:57pm Thu 31 Oct 13

minding the gap says...

Penshurst Party Girl wrote:
toomush2drink these days they sell them washed and ready to microwave, so yes you do eat them straight from the bag. The age of convenience!
Think you have to cook them first......
[quote][p][bold]Penshurst Party Girl[/bold] wrote: toomush2drink these days they sell them washed and ready to microwave, so yes you do eat them straight from the bag. The age of convenience![/p][/quote]Think you have to cook them first...... minding the gap
  • Score: 1

9:12am Tue 5 Nov 13

Penshurst Party Girl says...

minding the gap - they are cooked in the bag they are sold in!
minding the gap - they are cooked in the bag they are sold in! Penshurst Party Girl
  • Score: 0

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