Epsom Shopper Shows Off Her Waitrose Glow-In-The-Dark Prawns
“I HAD completely forgotten about Halloween. We heard a group of children in the road and we turned the lights off,” says Tina Thompson, 69, a former Mayor of Wandworth living in Stoneleigh, Surrey.
“Just to make sure I had not gone completely mad I took this saucer next door to show my neighbour. They were still glowing the next morning when I went down to Waitrose. I took them down in a box and said ‘if you go into a dark room you will see they are glowing’.”
Waitrose says the glow could be the result of Pseudomonas fluorescens, a harmless bacteria. She wondered if the glow was from radiation leaked into the sea by the Fukushima nuclear power plant.
“They have not told me what species of plankton or bacteria survives boiling and freezing, ” she adds. “I don’t think it is an unreasonable request to know what I have eaten. It’s probably highly unlikely but I feel I would like to be reassured. I would like to know the species so I could go to the Natural History Museum, contact the New Scientist or look it up online. I really don’t like being fobbed off. I’m a very determined lady. I wrote to Waitrose and said I was severely disappointed. If they are going to treat a loyal customer with such disregard, and what I consider contempt, I don’t want to shop there anymore. It’s a reasonable question, I don’t want them to sweep it under the carpet.”
Or why not give them to trick or treaters as a treat. The kids would love ‘em…