YEP, I HATE IT: Get Tools Direct's Mick Saunders is the creative force behind a viral Caloundra Rd sign that expressed his dislike of coriander.
YEP, I HATE IT: Get Tools Direct's Mick Saunders is the creative force behind a viral Caloundra Rd sign that expressed his dislike of coriander. Warren Lynam

I #$@%in hate coriander: Sunshine Coast sign goes viral

EVER bitten into a tasty dish only to have it completely ruined by the sneaky appearance of coriander?

The world's most hated herb inspired the widely-popular Facebook page I Hate Coriander.

Now, a Facebook post featuring a road-side sign on the Sunshine Coast has gone viral.

Spotted in Caloundra this week, the sign read "I #$e%IN HATE CORIANDER".

Outside Get Tools Direct on Caloundra Rd, drivers stopped to get a snap of the quirky and relatable sign.

The Sunshine Coast Daily tracked down the man who's been hailed a hero for proudly displaying his hate for the herb.

Where do you stand on coriander?

This poll ended on 14 December 2019.

Current Results

I #$e%IN love it

45%

What's coriander?

3%

I #$e%IN hate it

51%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

The mystery writer of this sign spotted at Caloundra has been hailed a hero by social media users.
The mystery writer of this sign spotted at Caloundra has been hailed a hero by social media users. Facebook/I Hate Coriander

Mick Saunders said the sign had been sitting at the store, unused, until he decided to have a bit of fun with it.

"We actually own the sign and we had it sitting there ... I just had a bit of a play," he said.

"I've always had a bit of a talent with words."

Unfortunately the sign has been missing since Wednesday, but Mr Saunders said he hoped it would return soon so he could keep his creative outlet.

"I did change it and I put another one up saying 'I still hate coriander', but they missed that one," he said.

As for why he hates the herb, Mr Saunders said it was something he just couldn't escape.

"I did a lot of research and I learned some people just react badly to it," he said.

"My wife put it in a meal, and she put a tiniest little speck in and I had one mouthful and said 'someone's put coriander in it'.

"To me it tastes like when you kill a stink beetle and you get that real pungent smell, well that's what it tastes like."

 

It's not the first time the sign has grabbed the attention of drivers with its quirky messages.
It's not the first time the sign has grabbed the attention of drivers with its quirky messages. Facebook/Shanell Beriman

Social media users were quick to join in on the fun when Mr Saunders' sign made it big.

"Got some in my salad when we went out for dinner last week, not happy," Alana Peta Hartley Swane said.

"Some heroes wear high-vis," Luke R said.

"Need this sign in front of my house," Nicollete Golding said.

"This is the only form of traffic control I can get around," Cameron Baker said.

Mr Saunders said his viral fame was a bit of a laugh around the shop.

"It's expected really," he joked.

"It's my late coming in life I suppose. I've always had a way with words."

He said he would never stop campaigning against the herb.

"I'm a proud coriander hater. I've even got the shirt," he said.



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