Bunnings have set a new rule for the way snag sandwiches from the community sausage sizzles are served outside their stores, and Australia is not happy.
From now on, the sausages served by volunteer fundraisers at Bunnings must be placed in the bread on top of the onions. According to the retailer it is in response to Occupational Health and Safety concerns that fallen loose onions may cause a slipping hazard.
On Tuesday, Bunnings Chief Operating Officer Debbie Poole confirmed with Melbourne radio 3AW the new rule, assuring customers that the impact on their lives would be minimal.
“Safety is always our number one priority and we recently introduced a suggestion that onion be placed underneath sausages to help prevent the onion from falling out and creating a slipping hazard,” Ms Poole said.
“This recommendation is provided to the community groups within their fundraising sausage sizzle welcome pack and is on display within the gazebos when barbeques are underway.
“Regardless of how you like your onion and snag, we are confident this new serving suggestion will not impact the delicious taste or great feeling you get when supporting your local community group,” she added.
But of course Aussie social media went into meltdown:
It’s my biggest fear when going to Bunnings, the number of onions i have tripped over… my lord, every freakin sunday….
— Brian Noakes (@BrianNoakes) November 13, 2018
@Bunnings sorry but nobody has ever slipped on an onion! Whoevwe the “team” was that needed to sit down and think about this are absolute morons and I’ll be more than happy to tell them that to their faces #bunningssausage
— Gaston (@NaylorGaston) November 13, 2018
— not awake (@not__awake) November 15, 2018
My favourite thing about the #bunningssausage drama is seeing 40+ yr old people getting legitimately mad and offended at this, and then complaining about millenial ‘snowflakes’ who get ‘overly offended’. The irony is even tastier than the onions
— ♡ meme-chan ♡ (@infinityonmemee) November 14, 2018
Then when it dawned on east coasters that on the other side of the continent Bunnings customers didn’t get theirs on a slice of bread, but rather on a roll, anger turned to utter confusion:
That moment when someone in the Eastern states finally realizes that they have been getting ripped off for so many years 😂🤣. FYI Bunnings started in WA. ☝️#bunningssausage #MoveOn #CaseClosed #justanotherdayinWA https://t.co/88PXZ1UUwk
— Dr Faraz Syed 🇦🇺 (@Farazolam) November 15, 2018
After more than a decade of sampling shitty white bread 🍞 w sausages served around Melbourne … dare I say that WA does #bunningssausage far better! Easier to assemble, serve and room for the double barrel ✅ #justanotherdayinwa
— FazedRays (@FazedRays) November 15, 2018
And some were further enraged when the story went global:
— Josh Butler (@JoshButler) November 14, 2018
In an attempt to calm nerves and unite the country, Prime Minister Scott Morrison responded when asked about the Bunnings sausage sizzle furor.
“Whether the onions are on top or underneath, I’ll always be buying sausages on bread,” Mr Morrison assured the nation.
TOP IMAGE: The classic Bunnings sausage sizzle. (Henk Tobbe (vk2gwk) – https://www.flickr.com/photos/vk2gwk/ [CC0], via Wikimedia Commons)