Here's Everything You Need To Know About The Drama Surrounding Bunnings' Sausages

    "Whether the onions are on top or underneath, I'll always be buying sausages on bread," says Australia's prime minister, who has commented on this for some reason.

    Either out of passion or a lack of other things to be upset about, Australians have been angrily rallying around a cultural institution that is currently facing bureaucratic destruction: the Bunnings sausage sizzle.

    The Bunnings sausage sizzle is an open-faced sausage sandwich, usually made with mass-produced sausages, white bread, optional onions, and condiments at your leisure. They're sold at charity pop-ups, held at Bunnings hardware stores across the country.

    Every weekend, people across Australia can go to their local Bunnings and buy a sausage sandwich (or sausage sizzle) for a few dollars, satisfying their bellies and whatever charity or community organisation has held that weekend's pop-up.

    Earlier this week Bunnings made an announcement that shook Australia to its very core: new safety measures were being introduced that would require sausages to be served onion-first, underneath the sausage, for Occupational Health and Safety reasons.

    That's right! No more onions on top! You fools! You idiots! You heathens!

    "We recently introduced a suggestion that onion be placed underneath sausages to help prevent the onion from falling out and creating a slipping hazard," chief operating officer of Bunnings, Debbie Poole, told radio station 3AW in a statement.

    Now, some of you who are reading this and who aren't Australian probably think that's pretty fair. No-one wants to slip over! Especially on bits of onion! That's painful AND embarrassing! But guess what, dear reader: Australians took it a bit more seriously.

    So I can buy a chainsaw but can’t be trusted with onions... #Bunnings

    Re Bunnings snarlers, my Mum has messaged me to note “if you put the onions underneath the sausage the flimsy bread goes soggy and the whole thing collapses. Ergo, risk of onion slippage exponentially increases." WELL SAID MUM #bunnings #snaggate

    thinking about using my access to the prime minister to ask him about bunnings sausages

    It was a whole thing.

    Apparently #bunnings has solved the #sausage safety issue

    JOURNALIST AT ASEAN: Don't say it Don't say it Don't say it Don't say it Don't say it Don't say it Don't say it Don't say it Don't say it Don't say it Don't say it Don't say it PM, what's your reaction to Bunnings serving onions on the bottom of their sausage sizzles?

    Look, I don't know.

    Rather than put the heat on Bunnings, shouldn’t we be asking the question of why we live in a world where someone can drop the onions from their sausage, slip on them, and want to ultimately hold someone else responsible?

    ANYWAY, such was the MAGNITUDE of this incredibly important event that the PRIME MINISTER OF AUSTRALIA, THE LEADER OF THE COUNTRY, THE BIG KAHUNA, Scott Morrison, was asked to weigh in.

    And he fuckin' did.

    I love Australia so much. In what other place would the nation's leader be asked about a hardware store changing its policy on charity sausages - a journo just asked Scott Morrison about the Bunnings sausage/onion drama https://t.co/gbMN90tSZA

    sbs.com.au

    I sWeAR to GOd.

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    "Whether the onions are on top or underneath, I'll always be buying sausages on bread," – THE PRIME MINISTER OF AUSTRALIA.

    This is the face of a man who has been thrown a ball so soft he can hit it not just out of the park, but on to another fuckin' planet.

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    After that great development in the story we also had this: someone came forward to the NATIONAL BROADCASTER to make sure that everyone knew that yes, he had slipped on onions at Bunnings before and yes, we should do something about it. Turns out he was actually legit hurt.

    "It is serious stuff, this onion thing," Trevor – whose surname can't be disclosed due to a non-disclosure agreement he made with Bunnings – told the ABC.

    "I walked into the store and it happened so fast, I had leather boots on … I went down on my back," he said.

    "I went to another Bunnings a couple of weeks after and I had a panic attack.

    "Every time I go into Bunnings now I look on the floor — I look for onions."

    Other news outlets were fighting for EXCLUSIVES LIKE THIS!!! This photo is WATERMARKEDEDDDD@!!@!!

    You really couldn’t make this up... the @BunningsSausage guide for making a snag & bread. Tonight in @9NewsQueensland #bunnings #Snaggate https://t.co/odnEIccLhp

    It's in THE NEW YORK TIMES egaolangoanapnphagehnaeh

    Oh, also, people were now upset that this was a story at all.

    Why the fuck is the Bunnings sausage thing even a news story. They're putting onions on the bottom big fucking deal. Get back to me if they say I cant have onions at all.

    Fuck off with this fucking Bunnings sausage bullshit

    This is me during all of this, btw:

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    Anyway, today is Thursday, and we seem to be moving away from outrage into pure confusion and wide-eyed bliss. The Bunnings sausage is forever changed. There is nothing we, the consumer, can do. This is 2018. Enjoy this tweet:

    CONTROVERSIAL: how would a Bunnings sausage wear pants

    Brad Esposito is a news reporter for BuzzFeed and is based in Sydney, Australia.

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