A local man has mistaken a tube of Betadine first aid cream for a tube of papaw ointment, leading to an extremely awkward weekly Zoom meeting this morning with his work colleagues. Chris Taylor made the error earlier this morning as he rushed to the desk of his home office, easily fooled by the similar look of the tubes containing the two products.

Taylor didn’t realise his error until after his Zoom meeting had finished, when he made a quick trip to the bathroom after using the toilet. Speaking exclusively to The Watsonia Bugle, Taylor said, “I looked up at the bathroom mirror and thought, ‘What the hell is that on my mouth?!’ It took me about five minutes to work out what I’d done. I don’t know who started putting their product in a red tube first, but whoever did it second has a sick sense of humour!”

Reflecting on his embarrassing error, Taylor said, “In the morning rush I guess it was an easy mistake to make. I like to put a bit of papaw on my lips in the morning just to keep them nice and smooth, but obviously I accidentally grabbed the Betadine. I must have looked like the Joker from The Dark Knight as I sat through that meeting. In hindsight I did look a little odd on my screen preview, but that window is so small it’s hard to tell. Why nobody told me I’ll never know.”