UK Rocked by Lettuce Rationing

By Gary Cutlack on at

The latest threat to the UK way of life is lettuce. A shortage of the flimsy sandwich padding vegetable has been caused by a terrible winter in southern Europe, where most of our winter salad comes from -- so it's now being imported from further afield at great cost and in smaller quantities.

Both Tesco and Morrisons have introduced restrictions on the number of lettuces customers may buy as a result, with Tesco restricting salad-crazed shoppers to just three iceberg lettuces per transaction, and Morrisons going further and only allowing shoppers to buy TWO heads of lettuce per visit. Morrisons is also stopping people from buying more than three heads of broccoli. There will be riots.

Tesco said the restrictions are to stop sandwich shops and restaurants loading up on them seeing as the wholesalers are struggling to find stock as well, with a Tesco spokesperson saying: "This is not something we want to do but we felt we had no choice. We wanted to make sure that we have enough lettuces for our shoppers. In some supermarkets they are completely sold out or have nearly doubled in price." [Guardian]

Image credit: Twitter

Want more updates from Gizmodo UK? Make sure to check out our @GizmodoUK Twitter feed, and our Facebook page.