I’m an American living in the UK and your supermarkets confuse me – I’d never heard of a meal deal before

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Jeff Thurm moved from America to the UK picked up on some quirky differences, ranging from meat-flavoured crisps to keeping the eggs outside of the fridge

A transatlantic row between Britons and Americans has been fuelled once again – and this time, supermarkets are the divisive issue.

London-based TikToker Jedd Thurm, who moved to the UK from America, posted a video from outside a Sainsbury’s store which noted the differences between supermarkets in the UK and grocery stores in the US.

In the clip, he pointed out several differences – including the fact that eggs are stored on shelves rather than in the fridge and that checkout workers tend to sit down while they work.

Americans were perplexed by some of the British norms, with some asking Jeff to describe what a meal deal is while Britons were left shocked that American checkout workers aren’t offered chairs at work – arguing they were being denied ‘basic human rights’. 

Jeff Thurm moved from America to the UK picked up on some quirky differences, ranging from meat-flavoured crisps to keeping the eggs outside of the fridge

American TikTok users were super keen to find out what meal deals were. Pictured above is the meal deals section in a Sainsbury's

American TikTok users were super keen to find out what meal deals were. Pictured above is the meal deals section in a Sainsbury’s

Elsewhere in his video, Jeff showed off even more British quirks, like the unique concept of meal deals, the lemonade we have here, and some of the funky crisp flavours, like Sensations’ Roasted Chicken & Thyme.  

One TikTok user explained: ‘Cashiers sit down because of human rights’, and another shocked Brit said: ‘Cashiers don’t sit down in the US? That sounds uncomfortable’.

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One viewer pointed out a fact that Jeff had seemed to miss, noting that prices in UK shops include tax – whereas in the US, tax is added on at the till. 

Noting the different storage of eggs in UK and US supermarkets, one viewer pointed out that each country has a different way of farming and treating the product. 

And one American couldn’t get over the TikToker using the word ‘crisps’.

‘There were no chips shown in this video,’ they said, noting that Americans say ‘chips’ to mean what Britons would call ‘crisps’.

Some people were interested in the concept of a meal deal – with one more familiar viewer noting it is a ‘British institution’.  

But one TikTok viewer who wasn’t familiar with the concept asked Jeff to clarify what he was talking about. 

Both British and American TikTok users took to the comments to discuss Jeff's video, with the former explaining why our cashiers sit to the very shocked Americans

Both British and American TikTok users took to the comments to discuss Jeff’s video, with the former explaining why our cashiers sit to the very shocked Americans

This comes after Daily Mail USA’s analysis exposed how American grocery staples contain several times more additives than the same items in Britain.

Wholegrain bread in the US, for example, contains nearly three times the amount of ingredients as a similar equivalent in Britain.

Meanwhile, condiments made by the exact same brand vary vastly between the two countries, with the American version having more additives, sugar and other harmful substances.

European and British food laws are generally more strict, banning several toxic additives that are allowed to remain in products sold in the US.

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The more ingredients something has, the more processed that food is. 

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