Finding bugs in your food is never exactly a pleasant experience, but one man has managed to turn his situation around for the best.
Kiss FM radio presenter Sam Darlaston took to Twitter on June 11 to let Tesco know that he’d had some unexpected guests stow away in his shopping.
Once home, Darlaston had realised that there were caterpillars inside his packet of broccoli.
Sharing a photo on social media, he wrote: “Hey @Tesco I was about to cook my favourite vegetable of all time (broccoli) and after unwrapping it, to my surprise, found caterpillars inside!
“They’re really nice and we’ve ended up keeping one as a pet and naming him. But just as a heads up, some of your broc has c-pillars.
“In case anyone is interested, the name we’ve gone with is Cedric, he’s from Spain (at least we assume so because the broccoli is) and he dances after eating spinach and broc all day long.”
His tweet quickly went viral, garnering thousands of likes, but the story doesn’t stop there.
He soon returned to the store to buy more broccoli – only to discover the same thing had happened again.
“OH MY CHRIST. Just bought another broc and before I’ve even opened it I can see caterpillars,” he said.
He claimed there were another five caterpillars inside this packet of broccoli.
His housemate then also found a caterpillar in his veg, so all together the pair had seven caterpillars in the house.
Darlaston decided to become a ‘caterpillar dad’ and look after the ‘children’. At this point he began tweeting about their progress as they formed cocoons and transformed into butterflies.
Each little critter even had its own name, with Cedric being joined by Janine, Slim Eric, Broc, Olly, Croc and Carlos.
After tagging Tesco in the Twitter thread, they refunded him £1.10 for two lots of broccoli and said they would log the incident.
Sam wasn’t too bothered though, speaking to the Evening Standard, he said: “It’s natural, isn’t it? It means they’re not using too many pesticides which is a good thing.”
A spokesperson for the company added: “It seems like a hungry caterpillar made its way into Sam’s broccoli. We’re really sorry about this and apologise to Sam for providing an accidental pet with his greens.
“We regularly test our fresh produce for quality but as we encourage our growers to move to more natural production methods and greatly reduce the application of pesticides, this can occasionally lead to the very odd insect being found.”