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Usually it just means your turkey's a bit dry or you forgot the sprouts that no one wanted anyway, so the drama's often not anything major.
But some Brits found their meals significantly derailed after they opened up their turkeys to find they looked 'discoloured' and smelt 'unbearable'.
One Morrisons customer, Dan Stratford, said his family found themselves scrambling around to find a backup after they unwrapped their turkey.
He told the Metro: "The smell was unbearable and the turkey was very slimy and discoloured.
"My parents spent an hour trying local small shops as couldn't find any information online but rang a few places too.
"We all ended up running around finding anywhere open to replace it and eventually found a Marks and Spencer's."
They went to a branch 15 miles away at Whittlesford Services, where they were only able to find a small boned and rolled turkey joint, rather than a full-sized bird.
Several customers at other supermarkets such as Tesco, Aldi, Asda and Sainsbury's also reported similar scenarios.
One person tweeted: "#Tesco Christmas Day ruined! Rotten turkey bought from Holyhead store. Here on holiday so don't have back up. Furious is an understatement!!!"
Thanks for ruining our Christmas dinner. Turkey kept in fridge as instructed but opened up to slime covered rotting meat, £23 down the drain and into the bin. @sainsburys @SainsburysNews how can I get a refund? pic.twitter.com/AWboHXhBCM
- srekciba (@srekciba) December 25, 2019
Fuming bought a huge turkey from @asda @AsdaServiceTeam come to prepare it all this morning and it's rotten slimy and stinks!!!! Absolutely mortified!! should be ashamed. pic.twitter.com/QRJeCHqfzP
- Helena Nkansah (@Helena_Nkansah1) December 25, 2019
@AldiUK can you explain to me, why a chicken we purchased from your store @Aldi #thetford that clearly states Boxing Day as the use by date, is absolutely rancid? It's turned green and the smell of ammonia has gone through the house.Merry Christmas! #ruinedchristmas pic.twitter.com/oxxVTo7kny
- tony goss (@gossini80) December 25, 2019
Many Aldi customers have also claimed that the 'oven proof' bags used to book their birds had shrunk and even popped in the cooker, in turn coating their meat in a layer of plastic.
BEWARE those purchasing the @AldiUK FREE RANGE TURKEY CROWN. Instructions say to leave the crown in its tray & oven proof bag. But the bag is NOT oven proof & will melt into your turkey! #christmas #aldi #fail #nightmarebeforechristmas ☹️:thumbsdown: pic.twitter.com/KJcWUAVgDb
- Miko (@MikoMazur) December 20, 2019
A statement from Aldi, supplied to LADbible, said: "We are sorry that, in a small number of instances, we did not meet our usual high-quality standards. Customers can return any product that they are not satisfied with to their nearest store for a full refund, or alternatively contact our customer services department."
A Tesco spokesperson told the Metro: "The turkey is an important part of many Christmas dinners, so we take great care when selecting and preparing our turkeys.
"We're sorry to hear about this incident and if Beth returns the product to one of our stores we can investigate further."
In reference to the tweet above, a Sainsbury's spokesperson said: "We have apologised to the customer and asked them to return the packaging to store so we can investigate."
LADbible has contacted Morrisons and Asda for comment.
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