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Monday, August 23, 2010

Area Man Discovers Twig in His Nuts

Posted By on Mon, Aug 23, 2010 at 3:55 PM

click to enlarge Josh Izenberg's photographic evidence of the twig in the nuts.
  • Josh Izenberg's photographic evidence of the twig in the nuts.
San Francisco office worker Josh Izenberg is the kind of guy who appreciates eating mixed nuts during what he calls, "the semi-nutritious midday snack experience."

But one morning in June, Izenberg got more than he bargained for. He was grabbing a handful of Kirkland Signature Mixed Nuts around 10 a.m. (as usual, he says), when he noticed something on his palm that was distinctly not nutty. In fact, it was a twig or a piece of bark or something.

Disturbed but curious, Izenberg sat down to write the nut company.

"Dear Kirkland Nuts," he wrote. "I'm generally a fan of your

product...[but] what on Earth is a piece of bark or twig doing in my

nuts? I know someone in the office didn't just stick it in there,

because the twig/bark/stick has been salted and spiced, just like the

rest of the nuts. Frankly, it looks delicious."

Izenberg also wanted to know, "Do your nuts come from trees?" and "Are you raiding the stashes of some unfortunate squirrel?" and "What gives?" To

conclude his missive, he asked point-blank, "Why is there a twig in my

nuts? Please inform."

Early this month, Izenberg received a response from Becky Schmidt, a buyer with Costco Corporate Foods.

"Dear Mr. Izenberg," she wrote. "I am very sorry to hear of your 'finding' in our product." Schmidt went on to assure that she had forwarded Izenberg's letter and photograph to the vendor, Kirkland Nuts, "to ensure that it is addressed immediately." She also sent Izenberg a new jar of nuts. "If you are still dissatisfied," she wrote, "please return it to your local warehouse for a full refund."

Finally, on behalf of the company, Schmidt hoped that the incident would not deter Izenberg from purchasing nuts in the future. 

Izenberg ate the new nuts, which contained nothing amiss. He continues to wonder where the twig came from.

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