They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, an opportunity to start things off right. Well, that wasn’t the case for Thomas Hesketh.
When Thomas stopped by his local Tesco, a UK supermarket, for a grocery run and quick bite to eat, the twenty-year-old was pleasantly surprised to find an affordable Eggs Benedict on the menu in the store’s cafeteria.
Unfortunately, decisions made hungry are rarely sound ones. Thomas ended up with a plate of horrors he — and the rest of the Internet — will never forget.
In case you’re unfamiliar with a classic Eggs Benny...Here’s what it’s supposed to look like. Basically, it’s an egg lover’s dream.
It’s a hearty breakfast staple.A traditional Eggs Benedict is typically comprised of a toasted English muffin, topped with crispy ham, a poached egg, and fresh hollandaise sauce.
So it’s no wonder Thomas was a little surprised when he was served… whatever this is.
Ordered eggs Benedict in your Wigan cafe and received this monstrosity @Tesco 😭 https://t.co/bI4oy2lN6B— HeskethThomas (@HeskethThomas)1546677354.0
It’s so sad.
@Karl_Downey @HeskethThomas @Jack43693489 @Tesco Looks like two scoops of icecream on processed ham with a bit of salad cream. 😳🙅— E van Deventer (@E van Deventer)1546810867.0
Or maybe it’s happy?
@HeskethThomas @Tesco Fixed it for you https://t.co/qoNI1XWCJQ— Woodo (@Woodo)1546807801.0
It’s all fun and games until you remember this thing is supposed to be food.
@HeskethThomas @Tesco Omg tom😭😭😭this has to be the most vile thing I’ve ever seen !!!😂😂— Ellie Rebecca🦋🦋🍭💙 (@Ellie Rebecca🦋🦋🍭💙)1546680003.0
Obviously, Twitter had a lot of feelings about the so-called “Benedict."
@HeskethThomas @Spk61 @PKendrickWIG @Tesco I'm so confused that is vanilla ice cream surely— ʰᵒˡˡⁱᵉ (@ʰᵒˡˡⁱᵉ)1546801913.0
Some felt it bore a certain, *ahem,* resemblance.
@HeskethThomas @Tesco Looks like it needed a bra, not a knife & fork.— Stephen Murtagh (@Stephen Murtagh)1546806142.0
Others argued Brexit must be to blame for the nauseating meal.
@mcwibble @HeskethThomas @ScotIndyDebate @Tesco Surely you mean Breggxit— Focus Scotland (@Focus Scotland)1546816307.0
At least it might get some celebrity attention?Not like you really need to call in the experts for a final ruling on this one.
People couldn’t believe such a meal could be created intentionally.
@HeskethThomas @PKendrickWIG @Tesco Was it actually on the menu? 😳— Gary Speakman (@Gary Speakman)1546800655.0
Thomas confirmed the struggling Eggs Benny was indeed on the Tesco’s menu.
@Spk61 @PKendrickWIG @Tesco Funny you should ask, alarm bells were ringing when they said they didn’t know if they… https://t.co/W24nzFr5Wq— HeskethThomas (@HeskethThomas)1546801763.0
Ultimately, most agreed that Thomas may have gotten what he paid for.
@HeskethThomas @Bristolvor @Tesco Who orders eggs Benedict in a Tesco’s cafe?— John Fahy ⭐️ (@John Fahy ⭐️)1546806523.0
Thomas tagged Tesco’s in his original post.
@HeskethThomas Hi there, I'm very sorry about this happening. Did you tell the Cafe staff? TY - Scott https://t.co/py5Z991Bme— Tesco (@Tesco)1546677958.0
Despite the offer, Thomas was not hopeful the meal would be saved.
@Tesco Yes, they said they could cook me up another one but it would be the same.— HeskethThomas (@HeskethThomas)1546681443.0
It’s really not all that surprising.
@HeskethThomas @AaronFothergill @Tesco used to work for them, can tell ye, those eggs come in vacuum packs and are… https://t.co/xRWFh0UItm— ash. (@ash.)1546815825.0
At least Thomas got a gift card for his trouble.
Send me a 20 pound voucher because of my eggs😂😩 https://t.co/JAp0dXgv7k— HeskethThomas (@HeskethThomas)1546979861.0
Thomas’ traumatic breakfast inspired others to share their own disappointing meals.
@HeskethThomas @doolallyblue @Tesco I’ll see your eggs benedict, and raise you a hot dog I got in a Gala Bingo one… https://t.co/tLf5m99xr3— The Blue Arsed Fly * (@The Blue Arsed Fly *)1546814612.0
Look, no one is ordering fast food and expecting a gourmet.
I asked for extra Jalapeños. I think the Subway guy wants to murder me. https://t.co/BLDdvLXBOC— النور 🌟 (@النور 🌟)1546365217.0
In some cases, the difference between expectation and reality can mean going hungry.
So I ordered the Southwestern Steak Salad at @Applebees tonight and this was the outcome. I understand that food is… https://t.co/VCbr0uAe6J— hayes (@hayes)1512526668.0
We all know real life fast food never measures up to its glitzy advertising.But this is just next level disillusionment. And sorry, what exactly is it a “stack" of?
Et tu, Chipotle?
Sure, mistakes can happen in food prep.Especially when you take the modification “cheese on the side" too literally.
Fine, accidents are one thing.But intentional crimes against food? The label is just salt in the wound.
Bananas have their place, and this isn’t yet.And you thought pineapple pizza was a problem.
Okay now I’m mad.I mean I guess there’s at least some protein in this.
Still, sometimes even the worst meals are better than the food experiments we create in privacy of our own homes.
Wow. After all these food horror stories I could really use a drink.