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Fried onions on the bottom for me please

Last weekend saw Bunnings advising all groups staffing barbecues outside their stores to "put the onions on first."

“Safety is always our No 1 priority and we recently introduced a suggestion that onion be placed underneath sausages to help prevent the onion from falling out and creating a slipping hazard,” is the advice from Bunnings’ chief operating officer, Debbie Poole. The "suggestion" or "recommendation" is to be on display within the gazebos when barbecues are operating at your local of Bunnings store.

While fried onions have been identified as a slip hazard and best applied to bread before the sausage is added there has not as yet been any clear directive as to how to deal with butter, slippery sausages, mustard or tomato sauce that might also escape as it does quite often for me to end up on a shirt front. So be sure to insist your onions are applied first at future Bunnings fund raising purchases. Bunnings sausage sizzles and cake stalls are enjoyed by thousands of Bunnings customers every week. These are valuable fundraising opportunities for local community groups, and all of the funds raised go straight to the community group conducting the fundraiser. Bunnings sausage sizzles are extremely popular and are typically booked out up to six months in advance. Most importantly the stores also provide community groups with the opportunity to host an awareness table in the foyer, which allows groups to talk to customers about their cause and fundraise. While there will be social media outrage (for want of any serious news to pursue instead) over this and the response saying the action might be petty and overly officious the bottom line is that they (Bunnings) have considered it, they deem it important and they do own the BBQ.

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