Krystal Boyce-Gaudreau, a Winnipeg mom who was ‘disgusted’ to find half of a grasshopper in a can of green beans she planned to serve for dinner, is garnering a lot of media attention this week, but not everyone is sympathetic to her situation. The woman says she was preparing to serve the green beans as a side dish to her Sunday dinner when she noticed a red insect staring back up at her.
Krystal explained the situation to the Winnipeg Free Press: “I look inside the can, only to see this bright red ‘thing’ looking up at me. I fish it out of the can, with my finger, only to realize it is the top 1-1/2 inches of a grasshopper. Disgusting! I right away freak out, show my husband and three boys, and we are all completely disgusted by what we find.”
But the Boyce-Gaudreau family may be the only ones appalled by the incident – at least according to readers online. Several visitors to the Winnipeg Free Press site left comments slamming the family for even contacting media outlets over the incident and insinuating the whole debacle was a desperate plea for attention.
“Count down, 15 minutes of fame, 14, 13…..” one commenter, Dr. Fartinhimer said on the site, while others like Ryan Evans posed the question: “What motivates someone to call a newspaper over this?”
These two commenters weren’t the only ones up in arms over the so-called “breaking news story.” Over 100 other readers left their opinions as well – almost all of which disagreed with Krystal’s disgust over the situation.
Loblaw – the maker of the product – issued an apology to the woman but also noted that these types of incidences are hard to prevent. “Insects are naturally occurring in the field and our goal is 100 per cent elimination of field insects from green beans,” Loblaw spokesperson Craig Lare said in an email to the Free Press, noting “The product in question was properly processed to commercial sterility.”
After reading the comments of others online, we have to ask: Do you think this Winnipeg mom is overreacting to finding a grasshopper in her can of green beans.