An Australian tourist has been mocked after she shared a now-viral video choosing a selection of odd items from a supermarket in the UK.
Katie Treasure, 23, originally from Sydney, sparked massive backlash online after filming herself excitedly making her first ever meal deal selection at a Tesco in Portsmouth, on England’s south coast.
While not a concept that many Aussies are familiar with, in the UK the supermarket meal deal means shoppers can choose three products from a selection of ready-to-eat items for one set discount price.
While the video showed Katie bemused by the vast array of food and drink items on offer, for Brits, there is a definite art to the meal deal selection.
So Katie’s final choice of lemon-flavoured water, a duck wrap and eggs unleased a torrent of criticism from meal deal-savvy shoppers on TikTok.
One commented: “All the hype for the meal deal to get water and eggs. You need to get the expensive smoothies to make it worth it.”
Another said: “That is a rogue meal deal selection.”
As the comments from furious Brits, who take meal deals very seriously, kept rolling in, Katie had to issue an apology in her following video.
Katie, who works as an English language assistant in a school in Valencia, Spain, was visiting the UK as she was spending time with her boyfriend’s family over Christmas.
She explained: “I was going round the corner to the local Tesco to pick up a meal deal for my boyfriend and I for a quick lunch.
“I thought I would film the experience as my TikTok page is all about the new experiences I have while travelling abroad.
“I’d never tried a meal deal prior to this but I had heard lots great things about them from my British friends so I was keen to give them a go.
“I filmed exploring the selection of options they had in the supermarket, and my experience discovering out how it all worked.
“Then finally at the end, I showed the choice I made for myself!”
According to Katie, meal deals like this don’t exist in Australia and anything similar is few and far between.
“I was excited to try it because I had heard a lot about them from my friends who are from the UK, and my boyfriend who lives in the UK too,” she said.
The TikTok was viewed more than one million times, getting nearly 90,000 likes and hundreds of comments.
“I did not expect the video to pick up so much traction. For me, it was just another novel experience travelling.
“But I realised after posting it that meal deals clearly are a bit of a unique hallmark of British culture and that people have some strong opinions about how it should and shouldn’t be done.
“In fairness, when I got home my boyfriend did point out that eggs were a bit of a weird choice, but I didn’t expect it to blow up quite as it did.”
After posting a follow-up video of herself issuing an apology to those who took her meal deal choices quite seriously, she went back to the same shop to ‘redeem herself’ and get a proper selection.
“I didn’t realise my choices would elicit such strong reactions from people.
“I also didn’t realise there was a bit of a formula to finessing the meal deal, i.e. trying to purchase the most expensive items.
“So I felt if my intention was to properly get the experience of trying a British meal deal, I should likely do it their way.”
Unfortunately, Katie’s meal deal adventures will have to be put on hold for the foreseeable future as she has now returned to Spain.
But to appease the UK TikTok community, she made sure to get a meal deal while in the airport.
“I started my meal deal journey right at the end of my trip to the UK.
“However, I did manage to purchase one at [UK pharmacy chain store] Boots at the airport right before getting on my plane back to Spain,” she said.
“I also have plans to be back in England later this year, and will for sure be trying more meal deal combinations.”