On Monday, March 25, National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service employee and Twitter user Alek Krautmann gained unexpected notoriety when he tweeted about a seemingly harmless gift he had given his coworkers:
Today I introduced my coworkers to the St Louis secret of ordering bagels bread sliced. It was a hit! pic.twitter.com/XNGbljtpYz— Alek Krautmann (@AlekKrautmann) March 26, 2019
The image showcases a variety of Panera Bread bagels sliced up like loaves of bread with the caption “Today I introduced my coworkers to the St Louis secret of ordering bagels bread sliced. It was a hit!”
What happened next was a collective response that he had not quite ancitipated. All across Twitter and the rest of the Internet, people expressed their displeasure with this bagel preparation.
"911, what is your emergency?"— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) March 27, 2019
"I'd like to report murders."
"Yes. Like a dozen of them." https://t.co/D1aZC75erp
I believe this is a Class A felony in New York City. And if its not, it should be. https://t.co/ngbbPFvnya— Justin Brannan (@JustinBrannan) March 27, 2019
It was learned by Internet users that this is a popular practice in St. Louis, Missouri (where Panera is still known as St. Louis Bread Co.), leading many to question the city’s taste in other foods.
i imagine St. Louis as a city that takes every food and alters it 37% in defiance of the laws of gods and men. pizza? square crackers with weird cheese. bagels? sliced like bread. tacos? cod on top of matzah. sushi are pigs-in-blankets. they throw fries in a blender and drink it— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) March 27, 2019
Today I introduced my coworkers to the St Louis PBJ pic.twitter.com/yEkBusJx6G— Haver (@HaverOfOpinions) March 27, 2019
Panera Bread even weighed in on the controversy.
Our team is divided over here. Do other people slice their bagel Bread Co style? https://t.co/NbdZjj6G6C— Panera Bread (@panerabread) March 27, 2019
Others have come to Krautmann’s (and St. Louis’) defense by claiming that it makes for a great way to enjoy a smaller portion of a bagel or multiple bagel flavors at once without filling up.
Can confirm. No one has ever eaten an entire cinnamon crunch bagel from St. Louis Bread Company (or "Panera" for you other folk). It must be bread-sliced and shared. Justice for bread-sliced chocolate chip bagels, too. I stand by this tweet. https://t.co/k4BOrmlch2— Christina Stiehl (@ChristinaStiehl) March 27, 2019
What do you think of this unique way of consuming bagels? Fair or foul?