Everyone has strong opinions about bagels. Today, Twitter learned just how strong those opinions really were after one user shared a photo of what he called the “St. Louis secret of ordering bagels,” which involves getting your morning carbohydrates sliced from top to bottom like a loaf of bread, instead of lengthwise as it’s traditionally done. “It was a hit!” Alex Krautmann wrote, adding a photo for evidence.

It may have been a successful snack time for Krautmann’s office, but it turns out Krautmann, who is a meteorologist now working as a program coordination officer at NOAA for the National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service (NESDIS), was in for quite a different reaction when his slicing style was exposed to the brutal honesty of internet critics.

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