Sausage sizzle lovers are protesting against stricter safety guidelines by posting videos of themselves ‘slipping on onions’.
Amid national backlash against Bunnings’ decision to advise all sausage sizzles that onions must go under the sausage, thousands of angry Australians have banded together on social media in protest of the decision.
Over 7000 have clicked attending to an event on Facebook titled “Throwing your onion on the ground at Bunnings and then slipping”, while a further 29,000 have said they are interested.
While the event is pencilled in for December 15 at the hardware giant’s Chatswood branch, several disgruntled customers have decided to document their demonstrations early.
Footage shared to the group shows customers picking out their onions, flinging them on the floor before pretending to slip on them.
“What a man,” one admiring user wrote on a video which garnered nearly 1000 likes.
Not all who took to the event’s page were in favour of the movement, with one woman who claimed to be a Bunnings employee saying the ridicule needs to stop.
“No one has any idea as to how many injuries have resulted from this happening in store Australia wide.. its ridiculous,” she said.
The scheduled event comes after a Victorian nurse slammed the ridicule surrounding the rule change, claiming she nearly lost her life over slipping on an onion.
“I’m one of those people suing Bunnings over onion on the floor, and a very nasty fall that I suffered because of it,” she said.
“Yes it seems funny and stupid, but for me personally that one trip to Bunnings has nearly cost me my career… nearly my life”.
She followed in the footsteps of 65-year-old Queensland farmer Trevor who last week revealed he had been a victim of fried onion on a Bunnings shop floor three years ago, which left him seriously injured.
Bunnings has stood by its rule change that will be implemented across 300 stores nationwide via a newly updated handbook, stating safety was the key factor when making the decision.
“Safety is always our number one priority and we recently introduced a suggestion that onion be placed underneath sausages to help prevent the onion from falling out and creating a slipping hazard,” Bunnings’ chief operating officer Debbie Poole said in a statement.
“Regardless of how you like your onion and snag, we are confident this new serving suggestion will not impact the delicious taste or great feeling you get when supporting your local community group.”