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There Once Was a Man Who Thought Squash Was Cheese

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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.

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The whole tale of mistaken identity unfolds below:

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What to Do with an Overload of Butternut Squash
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What to Do with an Overload of Butternut Squash

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.

Have you ever been duped in a case of mistaken food identity, or worked the register when a customer tried to return something in less-than-perfect condition? Let me know in the comments.

Tags: butternut squash, cheddar, cheese