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Waitrose customer leaves review based on grammar in description

The shopper, from Manchester, known as Apostropheman, took to the upmarket grocer's website to complain about the description of a £2.45 shrimp paste, which used the term  'stir fry's' instead of 'stir fries' in the description. 

But the complaint may have spoken too fast, after another user replied pointing out they had made their own grammar mistake in the 'hilarious' review.

A pair of Waitrose customers have left people giggling after basing their reviews of a packet of shrimp paste on the grammar in the product description. One shopper, known as Apostropheman, took to the upmarket grocer's website to complain about the description of a £2.45 shrimp paste, which used the term 'stir fry's' instead of 'stir fries' in the description. But the complaint may have spoken too fast, after another user replied pointing out their own grammar mistake

Leaving a two star review with the title 'I'd expect better from Waitrose', the first customer, who describes himself as a man aged 55-64, wrote: 'Whilst the quality of this item is not in question,  the use of the possessive in describing it's use in stir fry's is inexcusable.

But another quickly replied pointing out that Apostropheman himself has misused an apostrophe.

The customer who goes by the name Punctuation Police wrote: 'Is this a joke? Complaining out an apostrophe in '"fry's" whilst using one incorrectly in "it's"?? (which, for the record, was correctly spelled in the product description). Inexcusable, I'd say.'

The original description of the 120g bottle of Thai Taste shrimp paste reads: 'For stir fry's & soups. Real Thai. Real simple. No artificial colours, flavourings or preservatives.

The exchange was spotted by eagle-eyed Twitter user Loudbasket , who wrote: 'Meanwhile, on the Waitrose website'

'An essential ingredient in Thai cooking, shrimp paste is used to season and enhance stir fry's, fish cakes and soups. Its distinct aroma blends wonderfully when combined with other ingredients, adding an authentic depth of flavour.

The exchange was spotted by eagle-eyed Twitter user Loudbasket, who shared the post and wrote: 'Meanwhile, on the Waitrose website'. 

Many Twitter users found the descriptions hilarious, with some replying to say they could relate, while others said it was reminiscent of a time where they could make complaints. 

The original description of the 120g bottle of Thai Taste shrimp paste reads: 'For stir fry's & soups. Real Thai. Real simple. No artificial colours, flavourings or preservatives. Pictured: stock image of Waitrose

Many Twitter users found the descriptions hilarious, with many replying to say they could relate, while others were reminiscent of a time where they could make complaints

 'Ahh...different times. Imagine the luxury of making that complaint now. [sigh]' said one.

'Despite all contrary evidence, our country is FINE,' added another. 

'Am I in a dream. Haven’t people got better things to do?' questioned a third.

Many Twitter users enjoyed the exchange, with one adding: 'THIS is what I’M here for'

'It's a fair cop from the person who replied,' commented a fourth.

Many enjoyed the exchange, with one adding: 'THIS is what I’M here for'.

'It's all kicking off on the Waitrose website,' added another.

'This is lovely,' said one.

'Something I’d probably do,' another said.

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