Steve Smith, 41, came home from a long day of work and was looking forward to one of life’s simple pleasures – meals on toast.
But his plan was ruined when he opened the tin and found just one bean inside – far from the average 465 beans in a normal tin.
The local councillor based in Bristol bought the tin in a multipack from an online Tesco grocery shop.
He’d already eaten the rest of the pack so was relieved to see one tin still in the cupboard when he came home late from a residents’ meeting.
He prised the tin open – but realised he would be left a little hungry as it was full of ‘bean juice’ and one single bean.
Steve said: ‘I got back late from a residents’ meeting and wanted some food.
‘I poured out the tin and I found one bean.
‘I thought it was funny – but annoying! It was the last tin we had in the cupboard.
‘I had to have scrambled egg instead.’
With a busy job as Conservative councillor for Westbury-on-Trym and Henleaze, Steve said he tucks into beans ‘once every couple of weeks’ as a quick meal.
Steve took a video of the find on Twitter and tagged manufacturer Heinz.
It said: ‘Hi @HeinzUK.
‘I enjoy “bean juice” as much as the next person, but when I opened a can this evening I was hoping for more than one bean.’
He added: ‘I thought they might see the funny side.’
Heinz has been approached for comment and this article will be updated.