A woman who worked at a bakery for 17 years has been sacked for eating a nut.
Susan Longworth, 54, of Brentwood Drive, Bolton, Greater Manchester, ate the tiny piece of nut from a production line.
She was placing chopped hazelnut on toffee cakes at the Park Cakes bakery in Bolton on May 14 when the incident happened.
While waiting for the next batch of cakes to arrive, Mrs Longworth popped a chunk of hazelnut into her mouth.
But her boss spotted her and called her into his office. Within minutes she had been suspended and was escorted from the premises.
Mrs Longworth told the Bolton News: "He said he was taking into consideration my honesty and the length of time I had been working there and I thought he was going to give me a warning.
"I could not believe it when he said he was sacking me.
"He said it was like stealing from the company and it was gross misconduct."
A spokesman for Park Cakes said: "Park Cakes Bakeries takes issues of hygiene very seriously indeed and has very strict rules about eating or chewing on the production line.
"To do so is an act of gross misconduct and, as such, warrants dismissal."