An Aldi shopper has been left stumped after discovering what appeared to be a strip of red tape wrapped around a packet of cookies they purchased from the German retailer.
Claire, from QLD, made the bizarre find in a multi-pack of Belmont ‘Mini Triple Choc’ biscuits that contained a surprise extra pack that didn’t look like the others.
She was so puzzled she shared a snap of the item on Facebook to find answers.
“Any ideas about this extra packet of cookies? It came with red packaging around it,” she wrote.
Fellow Facebook users were quick to share their theories behind the unusual item, with many finding the funny side of the situation.
“Red tape. Designed to slow you down...” one joked while another asked, “Is it ticking!?!?”
“Break seal in case of cookie emergency,” was one suggestion.
“It's like a Wonka golden ticket!!!” another declared while one urged Claire, “Open it and see if there’s treasure in there.”
Others offered more likely reasons for the random cookie pack and its red stripe.
“It was probably the end of the roll of film when they were making it. Some poor bugger on night shift probably missed it,” one wrote.
“Would have been a test packet. Working at a food factory we put tape on packs that are to be tested in the lab for quality control,” added another.
As for what’s inside, Claire tells Yahoo Lifestyle that she has yet to open the pack but the contents “feels like cookies”.
She suspects the red tape was probably used during the manufacturing process to indicate the end of the roll of packaging, which typically comes in large reams.
Aldi has been contacted for comment.
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