By Sean McDonnell
Beacon JournalPosted Aug 27, 2020 at 6:17 AMUpdated Aug 27, 2020 at 7:11 AM
Authorities did their due diligence this week after a woman thought she bought a package of smoked turkey tails but received something that was much more phallic-shaped than expected.
Lamia Singfield of Akron said she had purchased a pack of smoked turkey tails from the grocery store to cook for dinner. But as she was cooking them in beans, she said something didn’t look right.
One of the tails looked a lot more like a human penis than any other kind of meat, she said.
“I’m calling Save A Lot, this ain’t right,” Singfield said on a Facebook livestream. “I know what this is.”
Her receipt says she bought turkey tails,she said. A photo of the label she provided says “smoked pork tails.”
She went on Facebook Live, something she does regularly, to ask friends if they saw what she did.
At first, she said she thought it was funny. But the longer she looked at the item, the more she became concerned the phallic-shaped meat could be from a human.
And so she called police.
Akron police responded to the home Monday evening to make a report and take the mystery meat to the Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office for testing.
According to the police report, Singfield told responding officers that she was concerned the piece of meat she found could be “human remains.”
“I hope it’s not a human, because then somebody is missing something that they need or somebody might be dead,” Singfield said Tuesday. “I just want answers.”
On Wednesday morning, an investigator at the Medical Examiner’s Office said they determined the meat was pork, not human. The piece of meat also has a bone in it, furthering evidence it was not what it looked like and likely a pig tail.
In response to the incident, Save A Lot said it had not been contacted by the customer or anyone representing her. It also said it had not had issues with the product before.
“At Save A Lot we have a long-held commitment to the highest standards in quality control and work in partnership with our vendors to ensure those standards are upheld,” the statement said. “Issues of quality receive the utmost priority and we take this matter very seriously. We can confirm that we have had no previous quality issues with this item and we have not been contacted by the customer in question or the local authorities regarding this incident. We will take the appropriate action at that time.”
Singfield declined to comment on the incident Wednesday after test results were available, referencing the fact that she now has an attorney handling the situation.
She said on Tuesday that regardless of what it was, the meat was mislabeled and wasn’t a turkey tail.
“It looks nothing like the other meat in the package,” she said.