Let this be a lesson to all those who dig into their store-bought, prepared lunches without taking their eyes off their computer: nestled among your lettuce and cucumbers could be something far less appetizing than wilted spinach.
As a Wall Street Journal editor pointed out, slightly camouflaged among the greens in her colleague’s Pret a Manger salad was a frog. A dead frog!
Let the freak out begin.
Kathryn Lurie, a digital features editor with WSJ, took a photo of her colleague’s lunch and posted it to Instagram. She’s been responding to people grossed out on Twitter ever since.
The Wall Street Journal has more in a blog post about the situation, including the company’s response as to how the amphibian ended up in the nicoise salad:
Ellen Roggemann, vice president of brand marketing for the company in the U.S., said that Pret A Manger’s goal of selling “handmade natural food,” often made from organic ingredients, could be partially to blame for the frog in the salad.
“We don’t use any pesticides with our greens and they go through multiple washing cycles,” she said. “An unfortunate piece of organic matter has made its way through,” she added.
The Wall Street Journal employee brought her salad back to where she purchased it, the Pret location on 6th Ave between 47th and 48th street across from the company’s office in New York. After handing the salad with frog to the store’s manager, the manager apologized, said the Wall Street Journal employee who declined to be named. She received a refund and a voucher for a free lunch, she said.
Pret a Manger, the restaurant, said in an official statement that it takes “issues like this very seriously.” The chain is looking into the situation to take steps to avoid such an incident again.