Bunnings Sausage Debate 'Serious Stuff' Says Man Who Reportedly Slipped On Onion In-Store
A Queensland farmer has told the ABC he slipped on a stray onion inside a Bunnings Store and was forced to sign a non-disclosure agreement after getting compensation.
A 65-year-old man identified only as Trevor said he was a victim of a Bunnings sausage-sizzle related incident which left him injured three years ago.
The man from Mary Valley said the accident occurred inside a Gympie Bunnings when he slipped on a caramelised online and fell on his back, the ABC reported.
Trevor said he later decided to take-on Bunnings for "emotional distress" from the incident, after reportedly being forced to get a precautionary MRI following a recent hip replacement before the fall.
While the debate over Bunning's new sausage sizzle policy to place onions underneath the sausage has been a hot topic this week for 'dividing the nation', Trevor told the ABC it was "serious stuff".
Bunnings appears to have offended not just Australians but New Zealanders too after issuing its decree.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison and his New Zealand counterpart, Jacinda Ardern cemented their trans-Tasman ties over the debate with Ardern joking that there were no greater international issues facing world leaders.
"I don't know about you but I've had a few phone calls," she told Mr Morrison during a meeting in Singapore on Wednesday.
"I think we should make a commitment, a joint commitment, that on our watches the Bunnings sausage sizzle should continue."
Mr Morrison wholeheartedly agreed.
"Onions on top or underneath, however you like it," he said.
Earlier the prime minister said no matter how the onions were served he would not stop buying sausages in bread.
The new rule was introduced over new Occupational Health and Safety rules, with fears a stray caramelised onion may find it easier to abscond from the top of a sausage than beneath it, leading to a risk of customer slippage.
The new 'onion-first' policy was confirmed on radio station 3AW on Tuesday-- with Bunnings' chief operating officer, Debbie Poole, explaining that "safety is always our No 1 priority".
“We recently introduced a suggestion that onion be placed underneath sausages to help prevent the onion from falling out and creating a slipping hazard," she said.
With AAP. Featured Image: Getty