Last Saturday, an anonymous man attempting to throw a party for some of his friends unwittingly become a Twitter celebrity when he showed up at the grocery store to return two pounds of butternut squash that he had mistaken for cheddar cheese.
The man’s difficult journey to right a wrong was overhead and documented for posterity by James Dator, a writer at SBNation. Per Dator’s account, the man’s defenses included disputing that the beguiling butternut squash was properly labeled (it was) and insisting that the store provide him with two pounds of freshly-cubed cheddar from the deli section, which is where he probably should have tried to find cubed cheese in the first place.
The whole tale of mistaken identity unfolds below:
A very confused man is attempting to return his open diced butternut squash because he thought it was a giant box of cubed cheese.
On Twitter, employees and customers from all areas of retail bonded—not unlike the day we all found out about “spaghetto,” a word I will never, ever say out loud—and shared their own stories from the returns counter.
I've been in retail management for nearly 12 years, this story gave me an intense physical reaction, similar to having a near miss in a car.