Santa sabotage: Co-op recalls 165,000 chocolate figures after batteries found inside

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Found 23rd Dec 2016
Not good at all

http://i.imgur.com/JhTVNZ2.png

A chocolate Santa scandal has erupted at the Co-op after someone allegedly inserted small batteries into a number of the hollow figures.

The lithium batteries are potentially deadly if swallowed, and today the Co-op is urgently recalling 165,000 milk chocolate foil-wrapped Santas which have been bought in recent months.

The store said an investigation has established that the batteries were deliberately placed inside the hollow treats in at least two separate cases, however it is still not clear who was behind the sinister prank.

The relevant authorities will now join the Co-op to get to the bottom of the case.

Two customers have so far discovered batteries in their Santas. Both said they broke the chocolate to find the battery inside, suggesting the battery was put inside the chocolate before the hollow cavity was sealed.

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Can you confirm they were Sony batteries found inside, or is the picture for reference?

(Sorry, couldn't help myself).

My god, what sort of sick person would do something like this

Thanks for posting

Whoever did it should be charged

summerof76

My god, what sort of sick person would do something like this


Probably someone who had their xmas ruined by a thoughtless corporation which didn't include batteries with their product.
Read the small print, "Batteries not included".

Banned

Happy days if they've got a full charge.

summerof76

My god, what sort of sick person would do something like this



I've a depressing mental image of the people who hang around my local co-op doing this 'for a laugh', never quite understood how such an overpriced store attracts the people it does. The amount of stock lost due to theft must be eye watering.

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abigsmurf

I've a depressing mental image of the people who hang around my local … I've a depressing mental image of the people who hang around my local co-op doing this 'for a laugh', never quite understood how such an overpriced store attracts the people it does. The amount of stock lost due to theft must be eye watering.



Judging by news reports these were inside the chocolate prior to both sides being formed, which would mean it was done in production. Explains the mass recall after two incidents reported.

There would be no other motive to do this other than to cause harm, it's sickening, to be honest.

abigsmurf

I've a depressing mental image of the people who hang around my local … I've a depressing mental image of the people who hang around my local co-op doing this 'for a laugh', never quite understood how such an overpriced store attracts the people it does. The amount of stock lost due to theft must be eye watering.


My local Co-op won't reduce the food before closing time and the food they bag up and chuck out is disgraceful

msmyth

Judging by news reports these were inside the chocolate prior to both … Judging by news reports these were inside the chocolate prior to both sides being formed, which would mean it was done in production. Explains the mass recall after two incidents reported. There would be no other motive to do this other than to cause harm, it's sickening, to be honest.



The chocolate in these is about as thin as they can make them, would be quite easy to push a button cell through the walls (or more likely the base) and adjust the foil to hide the damage.
Edited by: "abigsmurf" 23rd Dec 2016

Some of us like chocolate covered batteries though so i'm not returning mine.

summerof76

My god, what sort of sick person would do something like this



​cheap agency workers.

Absolutely disgusting act, but also as disgusting are the people making jokes about an attempt to kill children.

Ingesting lithium batteries can have dangerous ramifications. Think before you speak.

Retro89

Some of us like chocolate covered batteries though so i'm not returning … Some of us like chocolate covered batteries though so i'm not returning mine.



"Chocolate Buttons"?

"Button batteries pose 'deadly' risk to toddlers"
[ bbc.co.uk/new…343 ]
(22 September 2016)

summerof76

My god, what sort of sick person would do something like this

abigsmurf

I've a depressing mental image of the people who hang around my local … I've a depressing mental image of the people who hang around my local co-op doing this 'for a laugh', never quite understood how such an overpriced store attracts the people it does. The amount of stock lost due to theft must be eye watering.

msmyth

Judging by news reports these were inside the chocolate prior to both … Judging by news reports these were inside the chocolate prior to both sides being formed, which would mean it was done in production. Explains the mass recall after two incidents reported. There would be no other motive to do this other than to cause harm, it's sickening, to be honest.



Products like this are (supposed to be) put through a metal detector prior to despatch from the manufacturing factory, so the point in the distribution chain where tampering occurred, & the foreign objects were introduced, will require a full review.

Actually those batteries cost a fortune. I should know, i got a lot of toys
I think you would be in profit to chuck chuck out the chocolate and just keep the batteries. I must make an immediate bulk order. X)

summerof76

My god, what sort of sick person would do something like this



A battery chicken?

HotEnglishAndWelshDeals

Absolutely disgusting act, but also as disgusting are the people making … Absolutely disgusting act, but also as disgusting are the people making jokes about an attempt to kill children.Ingesting lithium batteries can have dangerous ramifications. Think before you speak.



Our school used to put sixpences in Xmas puddings, my God they were trying to kill us oO

airfix

Our school used to put sixpences in Xmas puddings, my God they were … Our school used to put sixpences in Xmas puddings, my God they were trying to kill us oO



I was just thinking of that, except you must be a lot older than me as sixpences had become a collector's item when i was at school. It was 10p when i was at junior school.

It was the best part of christmas dinner for me, finding the 10p. I wasnt interested in the pudding X)

mutley1

I was just thinking of that, except you must be a lot older than me as … I was just thinking of that, except you must be a lot older than me as sixpences had become a collector's item when i was at school. It was 10p when i was at junior school. :)It was the best part of christmas dinner for me, finding the 10p. I wasnt interested in the pudding X)



It was in the seventies I must be getting old, I was in the first years of primary

Could this actually be a manufacturing error rather than sabotage. I mean, was the santa made abroad like china?

Maybe the manufacturing instruction was 'put the battery in the vibrating santa' and it got translated in error to 'put the battery in the chocolate santa'? Could be a simple misunderstanding?

airfix

It was in the seventies I must be getting old, I was in the first … It was in the seventies I must be getting old, I was in the first years of primary



I actually collected coins as a kid and the sixpence was one of my proud collection item. You are only as old as you feel. I still feel like a little kid unfortunately, which can sometimes get me into trouble in real life

airfix

Our school used to put sixpences in Xmas puddings, my God they were … Our school used to put sixpences in Xmas puddings, my God they were trying to kill us oO


I wouldn't worry about it. Nobody will be charged.

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Tidied up the thread a bit. Let's keep the convo on topic and civil, it is Christmas after all...

my money on the Duracell Bunny being unfestive

mutley1

Could this actually be a manufacturing error rather than sabotage. I … Could this actually be a manufacturing error rather than sabotage. I mean, was the santa made abroad like china?Maybe the manufacturing instruction was 'put the battery in the vibrating santa' and it got translated in error to 'put the battery in the chocolate santa'? Could be a simple misunderstanding?


I lol'd at the vibrating Santa

airfix

I lol'd at the vibrating Santa



The old favourite secret santa gift when i worked in london. Everyone got a vibrating santa or a blow up doll or sheep at christmas. Lol. Those were the days. I really miss those laughs. Now where i work, nothing hanky panky goes on at the christmas do. I mean i get hit on by colleagues, but all very civilised you know.

mutley1

The old favourite secret santa gift when i worked in london. Everyone … The old favourite secret santa gift when i worked in london. Everyone got a vibrating santa or a blow up doll or sheep at christmas. Lol. Those were the days. I really miss those laughs. Now where i work, nothing hanky panky goes on at the christmas do. I mean i get hit on by colleagues, but all very civilised you know.




Sshhhh, stay on topic

Maybe they were origanaly produced for ann summers

miles136

Maybe they were origanaly produced for ann summers



*originanally.

miles136

Maybe they were origanaly produced for ann summers


Nah, it's chocolate, it would go soft




But what's new miles?

fanpages

*originanally.



there's an anagram in there somewhere i am sure of it.

mutley1

there's an anagram in there somewhere i am sure of it.



"three" or "ether"?

mutley1

there's an anagram in there somewhere i am sure of it.


Im sure you'll get to the bottom of it

airfix

Im sure you'll get to the bottom of it



getting warmer

what sort of depraved person would open a chocolate santa before 25th anyway?

Absolutely shocking.

Found in a chocolate Easter bunny now....
bbc.co.uk/new…052

Quite bizarre.
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