Bill Shorten

Bill Shorten makes lettuce a sensation through awkward small talk

Labor Leader Bill Shorten talks 'lettuce' and sparks a social media frenzy. Source: AAP

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten's awkward bout of small talk with a local shopper has turned into a social media frenzy.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten recently made small talk with a local shopper at Queanbeyan Woolworths about lettuce, an incident that has spurred a hilarious frenzy on social media with people calling the exchange highly awkward.

The vine above has gone viral, reaching over 220,000 loops.

Shorten held his first press conference of 2016 in Queanbeyan where he challenged Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to a debate on the GST.

Determined to put GST on the forefront of politics, Shorten was filmed chatting with a local family as they did their weekly shopping.

The exchange grew more awkward as the conversation persisted, with Shorten adding items to the family's trolley on his own accord.

Shorten isn't the first Australian politician to be the victim of vegetable based humour.

Last year, former Prime Minister Tony Abbott was filmed eating a raw onion, skin and all.

The video spurred a pop culture spectacle, culiminating with members of the public "putting out their onions" in his support during the Liberal party leadership spill, that ended his run as prime minister.

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