Mum’s fury as staff at vegan cafe eject family for bringing ham sandwich in
As the famous saying goes, “you can’t have everything in life.”
One cafe worker has shared their shock after serving a mum who was left fuming after being told to leave because their child was eating meat.
Sounds cheeky? Well, a lot of parents do bring in food for their children while at a cafe, often because their little one has dietary issues.
Just not generally at vegan cafes, where obviously meat and dairy aren’t welcome on the premises.
The worker shared the sorry tale on Reddit, where they asked if they had acted unfairly by throwing them out.
Unsurprisingly, they were wholeheartedly supported by the online community.
The employee said the cafe didn’t usually let people bring in their own food but the workers did turn a blind eye on occasion for young children.
But there is a no meat or fish on-site rule, in order to reassure allergy sufferers and religious people.
“Obviously there is a general expectation on most places like this that you don’t eat food not bought on the premises, but we waive it for kids and their special food, biscuits etc,” they wrote.
“I’ve seen people feeding yoghurt looking things and turned a blind eye and also never specifically examined jars of baby food to check they are vegan, generally these are in self-contained pots and the parents use their own little spoons etc.
“One day some women came in for lunch and one had a child about four years old.
“They ordered and asked for a plate for the kid’s sandwich. This is already a more substantial meal than what we usually expect but whatever.
“When I take their food over I realise that the kid is eating a ham sandwich (quite obvious as the kid is ripping it up and spreading bits about etc).
“I tell the women that meat can’t be eaten on the premises (this was inside) and they need to put the stuff back in the Tupperware).
“They get upset and say the kid will go hungry and I say they’re welcome to order one of our vegan sandwiches or anything else.
“I say that they could have eaten another type of sandwich – even a vegetarian but not vegan sandwich would have been more acceptable- but in the interests of our other customers we cannot have ham eaten here, especially inside and especially using our plates.
“They get angrier and say they’ll take their meals to go and won’t be back. On the way out, they shout that I’m disgusting for depriving a child of its food.
“I can see their point, but also think they should have thought more before coming to our cafe.”
Unsurprisingly, many people didn’t think the employee had acted badly.
“I’m a hardcore carnivore and I feel like bringing a ham sandwich to a vegan restaurant is totally crass,” wrote one.
Another added: “Even allowing that people are sometimes thoughtless and oblivious, I can’t imagine being that mom and not being just mortified.
“Like “Oh my goodness, I am so sorry! I made this sandwich on autopilot and didn’t think about where we would be! Here, I have some baby wipes–I’ll clean this up and take it out to the car. I’ll be right back to look at the menu.”
“And then I’d apologize like seventeen more times and add it to my mental list of embarrassing dumbass things I’ve done that my brain likes to vomit up when I’m trying to sleep.”
A third agreed, commenting: “Eating meat on a plate that is strictly for vegan food is unacceptable.
“The other meals you mentioned were baby food and a yoghurt type meal, not PORK for crying out loud. Kids don’t belong everywhere and other’s shouldn’t have to accommodate because of a kid.”