The unnamed female customer was visiting her local branch of the upmarket chain to buy a filleted trout.
None were available pre-packed so she asked the assistant behind the fresh fish counter if he could fillet some from a whole fish.
He agreed, but his supervisor stepped in and refused on the grounds of health and safety because the fish are 'too slippery'.
Waitrose apologised for the inconvenience to its customers.
A spokesman said: 'I'm afraid we don't know which branch this refers to so we are unable to comment in detail. However, we do offer a full filleting service and we're very sorry that we got it wrong on this occasion.'
Perhaps that fish counter supervisor should be given something a bit more in line with his skills. They always need someone to collect the trolleys, don't they?
This is either a complete fabrication or Waitrose know exactly which branch it was -along with the identity of the mysterious Trout Fillet refusenik, who has sworn not to spill the beans in exchange for several large trolleys of free groceries.
I had a supermarket cut a whole salmon into manageable steaks.
They ended up looking like they had been chewed by a bear.
I reckon the customer had a lucky escape..
"This is either a complete fabrication or Waitrose know exactly which branch it was.."
Oh, I suspect so.
"I had a supermarket cut a whole salmon into manageable steaks.
They ended up looking like they had been chewed by a bear. "
Heh! Let me guess, idiot used a serrated knife?
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