Marks and Spencer mocked for selling 'gentrified' chip shop scraps
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A few times a year, a particular supermarket or brand introduces a new product to the world, and find themselves widely mocked on social media as a result.
Marks and Spencer are the latest to fall foul of this after the release of their newest products: chip shop scraps.
The scraps themselves are little pieces of batter left over from their battered fish, and if they seem familiar, it's because you've probably got scraps from the chip shop before.
But whereas the chip shop gives customers the crispy scraps of chips and batter for free along with their fish supper, M&S are selling their 50 gram pots to customers for £1.05.
As one expects in this day and age, social media users quickly called out what they perceived as the "gentrification" of a traditionally low price meal, with journalist Tash Wynarczyk's tweet being liked more than 19,000 times.
can’t believe they’ve gentrified scraps pic.twitter.com/oCkNQGdbZ1
— Tash✨ (@tash_wynarczyk) October 11, 2020
The criticisms were numerous for the products, with some users pointing out that not only are scraps usually bits of chips left over, but that they are also free from the chip shop.
£1.05! Ridiculous. A scrap butty was a standard snack in the summer in Hartlepool after being out on our bikes all day. We’d park up in the doorway ‘got any scraps?’ Then we’d dump our bikes on the pavement, hand over 15p (for the bun, scraps were free) and then...
— R.A. Powell (@ra_powell27) October 11, 2020
I remember when they were free and called “fish bits”.
— Al Robinson (@DrAlanRobinson) October 11, 2020
I used to ask the chippy as a kid for the battered bits and we get them for free. Put them on bread and butter with some chips 😃
— Natalie QW (@QUINNWA91648884) October 11, 2020
Yikes. Used to give them out for free to us kids at my local chippy. That was about a hundred years ago though.
— (((michelle))) (@mexx_07) October 11, 2020