After visiting the popular retail giant IKEA last week, customer Tiana Lowe was convinced she had grabbed herself a bargain in the form of a £1 baking tray.
However, when she went to put her new product to use at home, she realised her spontaneous purchase wasn't all that she had hoped.
The 24-year-old loaded the tray up with eight potato scones and stuck them in the oven but instead of being met with the scent of freshly baked goodies, she was hit with the overpowering stench of burning plastic.
When Tiana, from Greater Manchester, opened her oven door, she was greeted with a plume of smoke and an oozing mess of melted plastic dripping from the shelf, reports The Mirror.
Photographs that Tiana uploaded showcase the damage caused, with one snap revealing the underside of the tray reduced to eight potato scone-shaped plastic marks, leaving her with a heap to clear up and a kitchen that took two hours to scrub.
She later took to IKEA's Facebook page to sarcastically thank them for "making serving trays look like baking trays".
However, her post unfortunately backfired when users mocked her and warned her not to "buy a chocolate teapot".
Despite this, one look at the Swedish company's site reveals that Tiana wasn't the only one to have made the blunder with the trays as two other disgruntled buyers gave the product a one-star review after they also melted in the oven.
Tiana admits the 'blonde moment' was 'her error' but thinks IKEA should switch the tray's colour from metallic silver or redesign it so it doesn't look oven-suitable.
She said: "We could smell burning, so we opened the oven to find a big puddle of melted plastic and lots of black smoke coming out.
"It was all dripping from the tray, then I checked and realised it wasn't an oven tray, it was clearly plastic and it'd melted all over the entire oven.
"The entire house stunk of burning plastic, so we had to spray the whole kitchen top to bottom and open all the windows. I stayed up for two hours cleaning everything.
"A few days before I'd spent a good hour rubbing the oven completely clean, so a couple of days later I'd had to throw the oven racks away and scrub it all again.
"I had to clean everything in the kitchen as well because of the fumes from the plastic that would have gone on everything."
She continued: "I was wondering what I'd actually bought, so I got the receipt and got my friends to Google it and they saw that it was the plastic tray.
"I must admit, I didn't read the sticker on it. It didn't feel plastic or look plastic. It felt a lot lighter than metal. But I thought that was because it was smaller and it was only £1.
"It was called TILLGANG and who knows what a TILLGANG is, but I thought it was a bargain so I went for it. I've checked the reviews and it turns out I'm not the only person who's done it.
"IKEA need to make them actually look plastic and maybe change the colour, or put a giant warning sign on them. But it's my error not theirs.
"I found it hilarious. It's something I'd do. I have my ditzy blonde moments. I wouldn't say I'm not intelligent but I do have my moments."
Tiana has since had to spend £18 on replacement oven trays but says she hasn't been in touch with IKEA aside from the 'humorous' Facebook post because she knows it's her fault.
She claims she hasn't minded the online mockery because she 'expected it' and her fiancé was more bothered by his meal being ruined than the state of the oven.
She added: "Some of the comments were a little bit harsh, but when I posted it I fully expected a roasting and I do well with banter so I was just laughing them all off. I appreciated the sympathy as well.
"I've learned my lesson. I'll be reading the description in future. Don't judge a book by its cover as they say."
Tiana's social media post, featuring an image of the oven after she removed the food, has been liked, commented on and shared more than 400 times.
It simply said: "Well thanks Ikea for making your serving trays look like oven tray."
One user commented: "If dumb was a picture."
Another joked: "This is why bleach bottles have a 'do not drink' warning on them."
While a third added. "Don't you ever buy a chocolate tea pot. Ever."
Other users sympathised with her, with someone else replying: "To be fair, it does look like an oven dish."
A second wrote: "To be honest I see the issue! I would think that was an oven tray!"
Similarly, a negative review on IKEA's website written by another fooled customer confessed: "My partner thought this was a baking tray. It isn't. Our oven is covered with melted plastic now."
An IKEA spokesperson commented: "The TILLGANG tray is not a baking tray, but a serving tray made of plastic.
"Whilst this is communicated on the IKEA website and in-store we appreciate that its look can be misleading and will take this feedback with us for future development.
"We're sorry for the inconvenience caused."
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