Published: Fri, November 16, 2018
Finance | By Loren Pratt

Snag in the road for sausage sizzles

Snag in the road for sausage sizzles

It's now on the bottom.

A burning question of whether onions go above or under a sausage has sparked a national debate in Australia that has gripped the country, raising tensions not seen since the controversy over whether a hot dog is in fact a sandwich.

"This will ruin Australia", remarked a news anchor on The Today Show.

"Australia will not make it through today if this happens", he said.

"So please before you say things and have a good laugh, just think of those many poor people out there that have really been affected by something so simple as a stupid little piece of onion that fell onto the floor while you were shopping", she concluded.

'For me personally that one trip to Bunnings has almost cost me my career as a theatre nurse, my home and at my darkest time when I could see no future, almost my life, ' the nurse said. "You don't mess with perfection".

However, a counter-narrative has begun to emerge against the predictable outrage which followed the bombshell announcement.

"If this is all it takes for you to get upset, medication may be required", quipped one commenter on Facebook.

A Queensland farmer who was compensated after a nasty encounter with a greasy stray onion three years ago has welcomed Bunnings' new suggestion for onions to be placed under sausages during sausage sizzles.

Bunnings customers cottoned on to the change in the past week. "Onion first? What's next, cheese before the patty on a burger".

Others praised Bunnings for taking a stand on the issue.

Bunnings have explained that the reason for the change is for health and safety reasons as it was feared that customers bringing their sandwiches into the store - they are served outside - could potentially drop the onions onto the ground and subsequently slip on them.

"Safety is always our number one priority and we recently introduced a suggestion that onion be placed underneath sausages to help prevent the onion from falling out and creating a slipping hazard", Bunnings chief operating officer Debbie Poole said. Only time will tell.

"This recommendation is provided to the community groups within their fundraising sausage sizzle welcome pack and is on display within the gazebos when barbecues are underway", Ms Poole said.

"Even if it's the smallest change, and it's going to change our eating habits of the humble sausage, if it's going to reduce the impact of someone injuring themselves then it has to be positive", he said.

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