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    • Liquorice Twirls
    • By Liquorice Twirls 29th Nov 08, 7:15 PM
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    What's the strangest "substitute" item you've been offered on your home delivery?
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    • 29th Nov 08, 7:15 PM
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    What's the strangest "substitute" item you've been offered on your home delivery? 29th Nov 08 at 7:15 PM
    Mine was -

    I ordered 12 tins of Whiskas cat food from Asda and it was substituted with 12 tins of Pedigree Chum (dog food)!!

    What were they thinking?

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    • belfastgirl23
    • By belfastgirl23 29th Nov 08, 7:35 PM
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    Apparently the computer makes the choice.

    I was offered plain flour instead of strong white bread flour - definitely no substitute! And spicy grated cheese instead of mozzarella!

    • zenseeker
    • By zenseeker 29th Nov 08, 7:36 PM
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    • 29th Nov 08, 7:36 PM
    I once had a pack of Cadbury Creme Egg's substituted with a box of bog standard hens eggs.
    • Wolfsbayne
    • By Wolfsbayne 29th Nov 08, 7:50 PM
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    • 29th Nov 08, 7:50 PM
    I had a tin of fruit cocktail substituted for dried mixed fruit.
    • apples1
    • By apples1 29th Nov 08, 8:01 PM
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    • 29th Nov 08, 8:01 PM
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    • 29th Nov 08, 8:01 PM
    I was given green loo roll instead of white from Tesco a few years back - the delivery driver was stunned when I said no thanks!!

    Thankfully Sainsbury's deliver here and now and they understand that loo roll MUST only ever be white!!
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    • skintlass
    • By skintlass 29th Nov 08, 8:05 PM
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    • 29th Nov 08, 8:05 PM
    I can beat them all - instead of bread I was sent a packet of brazil nuts - even the driver was confused.
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    • PetuliaGristle
    • By PetuliaGristle 29th Nov 08, 8:07 PM
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    • 29th Nov 08, 8:07 PM
    I once had mixed spice substituted with allspice.
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    • ethansmum
    • By ethansmum 29th Nov 08, 8:11 PM
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    I little jiff lemon juice was what I wanted- but got a single banana instead! Both are yellow i guess
    • Ben84
    • By Ben84 29th Nov 08, 8:20 PM
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    • 29th Nov 08, 8:20 PM
    Apparently the computer makes the choice.
    Originally posted by belfastgirl23
    That explains a few things! lol

    I don't know about the other stores, but Waitrose have a no substitutions option which I always use when ordering with them.

    I can't really have substituted items, they're often not suitable. I don't eat pork or seafood in any form, and I try to avoid certain combinations of food types. And just to make things more complex I don't buy anything from Nestle either. After all this a huge selection of stuff is off the shopping list, so personally it's easier to just make do without an item.
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    I once had mixed spice substituted with allspice.
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    • Sammy_Girl
    • By Sammy_Girl 29th Nov 08, 8:36 PM
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    These substitutes are so funny lol. I've found Tesco to be most random with their substitutes. I like my microwave macaroni cheeses to take for work, and one week I ordered six. Unfortunately six microwave cauliflower cheeses turned up...not quite the same really.

    I do like OPs. 12 tis of dog food instead of cat food lol. I don't think my dog would be impressed of he ended up with cat food lol
  • tootiefrooties
    tesco once substituted one 200g jar of hazelnut chocolate spread with 6 jars of 200g normal chocolate spread.

    wouldn't have minded if the others were free, but why on earth would they do that?!
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    nappies in a totally different size....my child didnt gain 2 years in age overnight bless her
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    • By FabuLass 29th Nov 08, 9:38 PM
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  • morgani
    Had kitchen roll instead of toilet roll

    Had spring water - instead of gripe water - somehow don't think this would have helped my daughters colic/wind
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  • helens39
    2 years ago ordered a turkey crown for 8-10 people from sainsburys for delivery on christmas eve , the driver turned up with a turkey dinner for 2 , microwave meal . I had to go out at 3pm looking for a turkey , i complained and was given a 10 voucher .
    • touch*my*food*feel*myfork
    • By touch*my*food*feel*myfork 29th Nov 08, 10:02 PM
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    Not quite what the op title says but...
    My friend ordered 30 cadbury easter eggs at 99p from tesco for a birthday party and they delivered 30 extra large assorted ones total cost over 300!!!

    • jenniewb
    • By jenniewb 30th Nov 08, 2:08 AM
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    Wow! cadburys eggs are not something I will ever take a chance on- 300 !! are they mad?!

    I normally don't get things delivered insted, I have had afew substitutions, things like potatos insted of apples (??!) 3 brussel spouts when I asked for 4 bags of them, tinned soup insted of tinned plumed tomatos, coffee insted of tea (no need to explain the problem with that one, tea is NOT coffee) and full fat milk insted of skimmed.

    But the worst was when I placed an order back when we were able to select "no" to substitutions: I ordered heavy stuff: tinned tomatos, 20 bottles of 2 liter diet lemonade and 10 bottles of other various heavy bottles: squash, water, wine, milk. I also ordered myself a fruit salad to eat that evening and a bottle of water for the gym the nest day. Ttotal order was 45 and I paid full delivery cost.
    I waited in ALL EVENING as the delivery was a 2 hour slot and if I went out, I would not be home in time.
    I got the fruit salad and the water....everything else was out. I complained, got a 10 voucher for an online store I will never use again. Tescos stole hours from my life, minimum wage says they owe me alot more the 10 as an e-coupon.

    It almost ends here, only I had to then run out to the shops to buy stuff- like the milk, as I had been assuming the delivery would arrive. I went to the same store the drivers come from (I know this as my dad at the time used to work for them- though my dad did not deliver this to me). And low and behold: a store with everything stocked- running low, but enough to cover my delivery and leave some more in the store.

    Speachless, yes, angry, very.
  • smartandshrewd
    I ordered cumberland sausages from Tesco once and they sent a huge slab of sausagemeat instead...
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