Angry man sends bizarre letter to local newspaper to complain about the design of corned beef tins
There are people with too much time on their hands and then there’s Daniel Farrington of Poplar Avenue, Sandiacre.
Mr Farrington took the time, according to a post shared on the ‘Angry People in Local Newspapers’ group on Facebook to write to The Derby Telegraph to let out his feeling for the need for “easy-to-open corned beef tins.”
His most curious missive read:
Arguably the most tasty meat on offer, in my view, today, is corned beef, which, when consumed with a little mustard and raw onion is a minor gastronomic delight, that is if one can successfully access the meat from the tin in the first place.
Somewhat precariously fixed to the little tin in a small key, surely a relic from early Victorian times, which I have had to replace with a judicious use of a pair of pliers, with only limited success.
On the last three occasions, after tentatively working my way around the tin, the metal strip has broken leaving me to complete the job with the reverse side of a hammer.
Perhaps a small axe would have been more effective.
About 25 years ago, a leading corned beef manufacturer replaced the awkward little tin with a conventional tin and all was well.
However, a little later they reverted back to the naughty little tin, which, incidentally defies the ordinary tin opener.
For many corned beef lovers, hopelessness has since prevailed.
Surely, in 2020, our corned beef purveyors can do better than this.
Correctly summing up the strange letter, one group member responded: “The Derby Telegraph should have put this in the SPAM folder.” On a previous occasion in 2018, Mr Farrington wrote to the Nottingham Post alleging hospitals engage in euthanasia. He concluded: “I am keeping well away and treating myself with the Highland Dew. At 76, it is all I can do.”