Vegans are easy and fun to make fun off. However, there's a line to be drawn there, and feeding vegans non-vegan food on purpose crosses it. Laura Goodman of the Carlini restaurant in Shropshire had prepared special meat, dairy and egg-free dishes for a party of customers. However, one of them was disappointed and ordered a pizza topped with non-vegan-friendly mozzarella from the normal menu.
Venting her frustration, Laura wrote "Spiked a vegan a few hours ago" on Facebook. On Twitter, she claimed that the "pious, judgmental" guest had gone to bed "still believing she's a vegan." Unsurprisingly, TripAdvisor and Google pages for the Carlini restaurant were quickly bombarded with bad reviews, bringing down from five stars to one. Plans for a protest are drawn up for this weekend.
"Laura loves cooking vegan and vegetarian food, because it challenges and there is complexity to it," Michael Gale, 62, Laura's fiancee and co-owner of the business, told the press. "She came up with some recipe ideas so that they would have more choice than the two or three items on our standard menu. So Laura went off and bought the ingredients for those dishes... on Saturday they showed up and, as is quite within their right, chose dishes of the regular menu. One of them ordered a margarita pizza which is not vegan-friendly.
"Laura said that if you were a vegan you'd know that mozzarella is not vegan. So, slightly disappointed that they hadn't chosen to have what she'd prepared for them, and amused at the thought that they had had that pizza, she made this flippant remark on Facebook," he continued.
"Since then our world has been turned upside down with death threats, threats of violence, threats of lawsuits from all around the world. The essential story is some vegetarians and vegans went to a restaurant, had vegetarian and vegan food, and left. We don't even know if the person that ordered the pizza was vegan, she could have just been vegetarian, in which case there would have been no problem with her ordering that. We now understand that in the vegetarian and vegan world, saying that you've 'spiked' someone's food means that you put meat in it, which isn't the case here."
"At the time of making the post, it was in the small hours of the morning, and Laura had probably had too much to drink," Michael said. "She had probably overindulged a bit and was angry that they hadn't chosen to have the dishes that she had prepared for them. She is horrified, embarrassed and deeply sorry."
Meanwhile, Telford Vegan Action is organizing a protest, with the aim to shut down the restaurant. "More people are going vegan and... we will be highlighting this outside Carlini in the hope more people go vegan," said Hope Lye, who belongs to the campaign group.