Here’s Why Everyone is Freaking Out Over a Tweet About Bagels

Twitter is a social media network that’s known for making unsuspecting tweets, photos, and videos go viral. And one man in St. Louis got a little bit more than he bargained for when he posted a photo on Twitter of bagels he had brought in for work. The internet went absolutely crazy over it.

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Everyone has different way of slicing their bagels. Here, fresh bagels from Goldberg’s Deli in Millburn, New Jersey. | Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images

A St. Louis man posted a photo of bagels sliced like bread

When Alek Krautmann tweeted a photo of the bagels he had brought in for work, he probably didn’t think it would get more than a few likes on the social network. However, what started out as an innocent tweet about food quickly turned viral once people saw what the photo was all about. Krautmann had posted a picture of about a half-dozen Panera Bread bagels sliced thinly as if they were a loaf of bread. Traditionally, bagels are sliced horizontally down the middle, but Krautmann claimed this was a “St. Louis secret” to slice bagels in bread-style. But Twitter users weren’t so sure.

Twitter instantly blew up with reactions to the man’s interesting take on slicing bagels

People instantly began replying to the tweet in shock. Most of the tweets were hilarious, including people showing other foods sliced “St. Louis style.” Other responses were a bit offensive, but for the most part, people were jokingly calling Krautmann out for his absurd bagel-slicing habits. “This is an embarrassment to the whole sliced foods community,” one user wrote. The replies section was loaded with memes and gifs relating to how horrified people were to see the bagels.


High-profile politicians and public figures even chimed in about the photo

Celebrities and other high-profile people even caught wind of the tweet and gave their own opinions. Professional snowboarder Gus Kenworthy, New York senator Chuck Schumer, and even New York City Detectives all had responses to the viral tweet. (New York and New Jersey both pride themselves on being home to the best bagels in the nation.) “On behalf of the New York Delegation: St. Louis, fuhgeddaboudit,” senator Chuck Schumer tweeted. “Thank you for reporting this crime, but we only serve New York City, where this would NEVER happen,” NYPDdetectives tweeted. It seemed everyone was getting in on the fun that was dubbed “Bagelgate.”

Panera bread offered to give the man free bagels for his viral tweet

Though there was a wave of dislike in Krautmann’s Twitter replies, there were a few people who supported his intriguing way of slicing bagels. One of those accounts was Panera Bread, the place from where Krautmann ordered them. Panera was probably thrilled to be getting so much publicity (and honestly, those bagels did look pretty good — pre-sliced, of course). Panera offered to send Krautmann some free bagels sliced any way he pleased.

While some people sent harsh tweets to Krautmann, most people were just joking around with their responses. Twitter is a social media network where the replies tend to draw just as much as attention as actual tweets. Hopefully Krautmann has learned his lesson about the proper way to slice a bagel.

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