There was a sting in the tail for a Scarborough landlord after buying a punnet of raspberries – only to find a bee inside.
Ryan Mancrief, boss of The Waterhouse, was “buzzing” when he bought the fruity treat from M&S – but couldn’t bee-lieve what he found moving inside.
“I spotted something moving and I knew straight away it must be an insect of some sort,” he said.
Since then he has kept the bee inside the package – albeit with an air hole – as he ponders it’s fate.
A mini-Facebook campaign has started to ‘Free the Bee’.
However, Ryan has grown such an emotional attachment to the insect, he has already gave it a name – possibly due to its inability to die.
“I’ve called it Rasputin, which I thought would be a funny play on words with it being in the raspberries.
“It’s also pretty angry.”
M&S have now apologised for the gaffe, and offered Ryan a full refund.
But Ryan has seen the funny – or should that be honey – side to the story.
He said he may either release it back into the wild or take it back into the Westborough store, joking: “I’ll be going in for my £20 quid gift voucher – hush, hush money!”
An M&S spokesperson said: “We’re sorry to hear about the customer’s complaint.
“We pick and pack all our raspberries in our farmers’ fields so that they are as fresh as possible.
“Whilst we take every step to ensure all insects are removed, on rare occasions they can get hidden in the packs.
“We apologise for this and will give the customer a full refund when he returns the product to the store,” added the spokesperson.