A woman who lost her brother coronavirus on Christmas Eve says she is left eating beans on toast after discovering her turkey was rotten.
Sara Revell, from Folkestone, Kent, had been looking forward to a glimmer of happiness after heartbreaking news.
She told the Mirror she lost her sibling yesterday after her mother died with Covid-19 at the peak of the UK lockdown.
She was one of many who have complained today of opening up their Christmas turkey to make dinner todays, only to met with a “horrendous” smell.
Sara described how her disappointmen at the ruined Lidl turkey felt like just one more insult in a year of tragedy, as she attempted to have some semblance of a Christmas while grieving during Kent’s Tier 4 restrictions.
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Sara said: “When you lose your mum to Covid-19 in May you can’t believe its happening to you, and you’re hoping that’s the last bad news of the year.
“But if that wasn’t bad enough my brother passed away Christmas Eve through Covid-19.
“The devastation you feel is unimaginable. When you’re grieving for the mum you’ve lost and then your brother Christmas isn’t important.
“However we had already bought the turkey crown.
“To top it off the turkey crown we bought was off. The smell is unbelievable.
“Can’t wait to see the back end of this year, and I hope other people take this covid epidemic seriously as I wouldn’t want anyone to go through this unimaginable pain.”
She was just one of many furious customers who said their Christmas Day meal plans are in tatters after they discovered their turkeys have rotted.
Customers who went to cook Christmas dinner told of teating into the packaging only to be confronted with ‘green’ and ‘stinky’ birds.
Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Aldi and Asda were also hit with a flurry of complaints about festive poultry orders.
Enraged customers shared pictures of raw turkeys in bins, and complained they have no chance of getting a replacement with shops closed for the holiday.
“As if Tier 4 at Christmas wasn’t bad enough, Tesco have further let us down with an off Turkey Crown,” Twitter user Sarah Coleman.
“Nowhere open to buy a new one and Christmas dinner is ruined!
“Thanks Sainsbury’s for the rancid, foul smelling, green turkey. Such a lovely way to end 2020,” wrote Twitter user A. Paulwell.
It has been a tough Christmas for turkey fans and producers alike.
Producers and shops told of having to plan for demand for much smaller birds than usual as they bred them at a time when the rule of six still applied for gatherings in England.
Then Brits were told Christmas rules would be relaxed, allowing three households to join together as a ‘bubble’ for five days, and travel between the four nations.
But just as time many had made their Christmas plans and stocked up on groceries for their feast, the plans were scrapped for most.
People living in Tier 4 areas of England are now banned from mixing with other households.
Customers yesterday speculated the see-sawing triggered a string of bizarre Christmas online shopping order mishaps this week.
Shoppers received substitutions including beef for their turkeys.
Others received huge birds on Christmas Eve instead of the crowns they had ordered, leaving them worried they would not defrost in time, or be wasted on their small festive dinners.
Angela Dillon, from Hatfield in Hertfordshire, said she ordered an Asda turkey, gammon and beef, three weeks ago and only found out two days before Christmas Eve it would all be missing from her order, due to meats being out of stock.
She could not find a replacement in the shops and is so angry she says she will no longer spend at Asda.
She told the Mirror: “I think it’s so disappointing that they didn’t even give us time they just sent a standard email day before saying these items out of stock – which was most of our Christmas dinner.”
She added: “I honestly was so upset especially at this time of year when I have anxiety about going in supermarkets.”
But the worst was yet to come on Christmas Day for those who went to cook their turkeys for dinner, and made grisly discoveries far too late to find replacements.
Rachael Anne Clark tweeted a complaint to Tesco about her turkey crown she claimed was ‘rank rotten’ despite still being in date according to the packaging.
She wrote: “Hey Tesco, I just went to put my turkey in the oven and it’s actually rank rotten? Not been out the fridge since we bought it and best before the 26th.
“Sooooo good job we bought loadsa tatties I guess? Cause nae turkey for us today.”
Richard Woodward blasted Aldi, claiming his bird was expired too.
He said: “Cheers 2020 gone off Turkey, tomorrow’s date. Vegetables only then.”
Jane Spicer also claimed to have received an expired turkey from the supermarket chain.
She said: “Thanks for the gone off turkey woke up to this gone off even tho in date and been in a cold fridge thanks for ruining our Christmas.”
A Sainsbury’s spokeswoman told the Mirror:“The quality of our products is extremely important and we’re looking into a very small number of complaints.”
A Tesco spokesperson said: “We have exceptionally high standards for our Christmas turkeys so we’re sorry to hear about these concerns. We’ve sold hundreds of thousands of great quality British turkeys this Christmas and will investigate these few incidents.”
Tesco customers were being encouraged to return the turkeys to their nearest store for investigation.
An Aldi spokesperson said: “We are sorry that a small number of our products did not meet our usual high standards.
“Customers can return any Aldi product that they are not completely satisfied with to their nearest store for a full refund.”
The Mirror has also approached Lidl and Asda for comment.