Customers from Aldi, Lidl, Asda, Morrisons, Marks and Spencer and Tesco have vented their frustration on social media after finding they couldn’t go ahead with their planned Christmas roasts this morning after discovering the big day bird had gone off
Brits across the UK say their Christmasses have been ruined after discovering their supermarket-bought turkeys had gone off before their use-by date.
Customers from Aldi, Lidl, Asda, Morrisons, Marks and Spencer and Tesco have vented their frustration on social media after finding they couldn’t go ahead with their planned Christmas roasts this morning.
Some even attempted to drive to other stores for last-minute supplies late on Christmas Eve – only to arrive just after they closed.
One man, who bought a whole turkey from Aldi’s free range East Anglian Bronze Roly Poly for £30.76, complained on Twitter : “@AldiUK if only you could smell my turkey this morning, absolutely rotten, hope you have a merry xmas.”
While another person wrote: “Whole turkey is rotten and slimy, the stench is unbearable we’ve got no turkey on Christmas Day.”
One person in Cardiff tweeted about their Aldi turkey on Christmas Eve: “So disappointed to open my turkey from Cardiff Bay store and see that it is rotten and smells absolutely rancid.
“Unfortunately drove down to the store but it had closed 30 minutes earlier, along with all other big supermarkets”.
A woman who bought a Oakham Turkey Crown for £37.80 from Marks and Spencer also shared a photo of it with a use by date of December 27.
She said: “Oh no @marksandspencer the turkey is off though in date! Bought at #Teddington store but don’t think they will appreciate me returning as smells bad!
“Can I still request a refund? #Christmas without Turkey but #MerryChristmas to all – it could be worse…”
Another customer, who had bought a turkey crown for £71.28 with a use by date of December 27, suggested the supermarket might be better called “mould and Spencer” than Marks and Spencer after finding mould on their turkey.
A disgruntled Tesco customer, Kayleigh, said of their turkey nightmare on Christmas Eve: “@Tesco bought a Turkey 2 days ago.. opened to prepare today best by date 26th but absolute stinks and is definitely gone off!
” Christmas dinner ruined tomorrow.”
Tesco responded to this message and said they were “truly sorry” for the turkey smell and advised her to return the turkey and packaging to store on her next visit so staff could provide “the best resolution”.
Mirror Online has contacted Aldi, Asda, Morrisons, and Marks and Spencer for comment.
For advice on your consumer rights if a pre-ordered turkey has not turned up or is of unsatisfactory quality, The Mirror has produced helpful guidance, available here.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.