A slip of syntax saw the discount giant temporarily making an unusual offer
“Hard to pass up this discount at CWH!” wrote a Reddit user, posting a screenshot from the Chemist Warehouse website on the Australia subreddit.
The post, shared by a Reddit user named “poo-in-your-bum-bum,” listed “Urinary Tract Infections UTI” under the discounter’s “Medicines” category.
“Buy Urinary Tract Infections UTI online at Chemist Warehouse and enjoy huge discounts across the entire range,” suggested the site.
“Shop products online or in store today.”
“Who doesn’t love a good UTI…” wrote another user in response; a third wrote, “Hope I haven’t missed out”.
Reddit user “torn-ainbow” had a suggestion as to the cause of the glitch.
“Sometimes when data meets the road, it’s not quite right,” they replied.
“Some web dev used a product category to generate the text there, but the product categories include wordings describing the problem rather than the solution. ‘UTI treatments’ would work a lot better.
“Of course the dev may be innocent because the data might have looked fine when they built it, and poorly worded categories were added afterwards.”
The error has since been rectified.