Dr. Mehmet Oz has been accused of carpetbagging in his Senate run. He's also trying to figure out where he's bagging his groceries.
"I'm at Wegners," Oz said in a perplexing social media video he posted from a supermarket.
The political world is divisive. But everyone can agree Oz wasn't at Wegners. There is no Wegners.
It was an apparent portmanteau of Wegmans and Redner's, two large supermarket chains in the Northeast. Like some politicians, Wegmans and Redner's are privately owned.
Wegmans has a passionate fan base and legendary produce section. Wegners? According to Oz, it has overpriced root vegetables and expensive dips when shopping for crudités for your spouse, and it's Joe Biden's fault.
Confused? So is the internet, which thought the viral video was bananas (PLU code 4011).
My grandfather once told me that crudité was his favorite thing to eat after a long, hard day in the steel mill pic.twitter.com/aZH9hrQ2L3
— Mike Mikus (@MikeMikusPA) August 15, 2022
Here's the full transcript:
I thought I'd do some grocery shopping. I'm at Wegners.
My wife wants some vegetables for crudités, right?
So, here's a broccoli. That's two bucks. Not a ton of broccoli there.
There's some asparagus. That's $4.
Carrots. That's four more dollars. That's $10 of vegetables there.
And then we need some guacamole. That's $4 more.
And she loves salsa. There's salsa there. Six dollars?!
There must be a shortage of salsa.
Guys, that's $20 for crudités and that doesn't include the tequila.
I mean, that's outrageous. And we got Joe Biden to thank for this.
Ah, crudités, the chosen nosh of the everyman. Crudités are a hued French appetizer made of sliced raw vegetables with a dipping sauce. Most people would call it a veggie platter. A fancier version of the lukewarm carrot and celery sticks that come with Buffalo wings. They're not typically served with Mexican dips like guacamole and salsa. Or raw asparagus. Or tequila.
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Oz is navigating the campaign trail ahead of the November election. And he's attempting to maneuver the grocery store aisles. It appeared based on the signage that Oz was at a Redner's.
Oz won the Republican nomination in Pennsylvania's U.S. Senate contest and will face Lt. Gov. John Fetterman, the Democratic candidate. Incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Toomey is not seeking re-election.
Fetterman has taken jabs at Oz in their bitter race and claims the former talk show lives in New Jersey not Pennsylvania. Like Oz, Wegmans also operates in New Jersey. The Rochester, New York based 108-store chain covers New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, North Carolina and Washington, D.C. A huge two-level store in Connecticut is coming soon. Redner's has 64 stores in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Maryland.
Oz launched an ad Monday, portraying Fetterman as "crazy" and depicting a giant bong emerging from Fetterman's head. Don't send Oz for a snack run if you get the munchies.
This article originally appeared on Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Dr. Oz confuses Wegmans and Redner's in odd video on shopping for crudités