SHOPPERS have been left in a stew after a Tesco store is reported to have pulled one of their favourite vegetables from shelves.
The lack of aubergines has caused ‘anger, tears and devastation’ for customers in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
Disappointment over the vegetable — a staple ingredient of moussaka, ratatouille and curries — led to the launch of a Twitter account named ‘Cheltenham Problems — Bring Back our Aubergines’.
One follower wrote… ‘Why have you done this @tesco, why?’ Another posted a photo of the veg with ‘RIP’ next to a caption which read: ‘Can’t get over it #Cheltenham problems.’
The story emerged after shopper Harry Walton tweeted customer services: ‘What an odd thing this is. You shouldn’t be allowed to call it a “superstore” if you don’t sell aubergines!’
A Tesco worker named Sharon replied: ‘I am very sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. I wouldn’t be too happy about this myself.’ She reportedly told Mr Walton to ask at the service desk for aubergines to be restocked, but added there was no ‘guarantee’ it would work. As the ‘scandal’ went viral on Twitter, one user wrote ‘Tears? Really? Get a life?’
One shopper replied: ‘Yes, tears! Real, actual, heartfelt tears!’
Tesco has been contacted for a comment. The vegetable currently retails at 70p at its supermarkets.