My empathy for the Chef who spiked a Vegan

As a former Chef myself, I always find it funny reading stories about Chefs who “exact revenge” on someone.

Especially when that someone is an annoying, self-entitled pain in the arse.

This story came from the RT website which you can view by clicking here.

It tells the tale of Laura Goodman; Chef at the Carlini Restaurant in Shropshire, and how she “spiked” a Vegan with a non-vegan product, and then bragged about it in a series of Facebook posts, one of which was:

“pious, judgemental Vegan has gone to bed still believing she is a Vegan”

According to Goodman, she had spent hours coming up with a Vegan menu with the alleged victim of the “spiking”, after which the same person then ordered a non-vegan meal for herself.

Extremely unnecessary if true isn’t it?

She was simply looking after the other people in her party who were obviously all hard-core Vegans, and who:

“MUST be given only the finest Vegan delicacies, and there CANNOT POSSIBLY be any non-vegan items anywhere near the food at all! I must make you aware of the fact that we are VEGAN and we are saving the World one meal at a time! We MUST be accommodated more than the average customer for the same price that everyone else pays because: WE ARE VEGANS!!!!!!”

“Oh, and I’ll have cheese on mine.”

“But cheese isn’t Vegan?”

“That’s ok, a little bit is fine.”

I know, I know. That was quite a bit of conjecture on my part, but I guarantee that’s pretty much how it would have went.

The amount of times I’ve sat down with clients who have “Dietary issues” who, instead of politely asking for their needs to be accommodated, suddenly grow a huge chip on their shoulder and start DEMANDING things that aren’t even on the Dietary menu that I have provided for them.

“But I don’t WANT that, I want THIS instead! I’m allergic to Gluten and can’t possibly have THIS menu!”

“But those are the Gluten Free options Sir/Madam” I respond (generally through gritted teeth)

To which the client will suddenly remember that they are also allergic to most of the other items on the menu, so I will absolutely HAVE to make the dish they have specified and that is NOT on the menu.

And which normally always contains an item that they earlier claimed to be “allergic” to. (For more insight into my detestation of “allergen” sufferers, see my Post: Gluten free – my arse!)

So, back to Chef Goodman. What did she actually do wrong?

According to another of her Facebook posts she claims to have “spiked a Vegan tonight…”

Her partner and Co-owner has claimed that Goodman simply “mis-spoke” and “had used a poor choice of words”.

Personally I think she was completely annoyed at the customers for messing her about and decided to vent her fury by claiming to have “spiked” them with non-vegan or vegetarian products. I think she was just trying to wind-up some Vegans on Facebook in order to “get back” at the ones who had caused her the stress at work.

Did she really spike them?

Probably not. Chefs are angry, cantankerous and easily offended, however 99% of us wouldn’t actually spike a Vegan.

We’d think about it for sure, but not actually do it.

It remains to be seen if Chef Goodman is part of the 1% however.

I think the moral of this story should be this:

Don’t make claims about “spiking” people, particularly Vegans, when you’re a Chef and own a business. It’s bad for your reputation and that of Chefs everywhere.

Also, don’t annoy a Chef. We understand you have certain dietary needs and we’ll try our best to aid in your pursuit to “save the World one plate at a time”, but stop acting like you’re the most important person ever to grace the globe with your presence.

Nobody cares about your “needs” as much as you do.

 

Well, I’m off now to eat a big, juicy cheeseburger in front of the window of the local Vegan Bistro. I know it’s childish but it’s just too hard to stop myself winding up people who don’t have the energy to chase after me…

 

RANT OVER

 

 

 

 

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Laura Plummer – Drug Mule or Love Fool?

Laura Plummer, who was arrested in Egypt for carrying 300 Tramadol pills into the country, was jailed for 3 years and sent to prison.

Carrying Tramadol pills into Egypt is illegal, therefore; no argument right?

Wrong.

Karl Turner, an MP for Laura’s home town, Hull, has stated:

“[She was] going to visit her partner in Egypt, taking what she thought was a painkiller and no more than that,” he said.
“It clearly is a banned substance and whilst we must respect the law of other countries there must be good sense and fair play as well.”

Sourced from BBC News: For full article click here

Turner also goes on to say that Plummer was “naïve” and is “suffering from sleep deprivation and anxiety”.

Well Mr. Turner, here’s a little anecdote for you.

When the Car Tax system in the UK changed from a paper disc system displayed on a car, to the new system; I found myself in some hot water. I believed that when you bought a car that was Taxed, that the Tax would follow on with the car, and when it expired I would begin paying for it myself.

How wrong was I?

I ended up being pulled over by the Police and issued with a fine for driving an un-Taxed vehicle and a good talking-to about the importance of keeping up-to-date with current driving laws.

I was stressed. I was anxious. I was naïve.

Yet I was still guilty and completely at fault. I hadn’t done my homework and it cost me.

As it should.

Not being aware that something is illegal isn’t always the best excuse to try and get out of a sticky situation, particularly in a foreign country.

What gets me about this situation is not just that she took an illegal substance into a foreign country. She was in possession of 300 Tramadol pills. You can’t be prescribed that many at once, and you certainly can’t supply them to someone else. It’s illegal.

If you can’t have that many Tramadol at once, then she obviously obtained them in a non-legal manner; according to her family Ms Plummer was given them by “a friend”.

Did she not question her “friend”, (who no doubt said “Don’t tell anyone where you got them from”) about the legalities of carrying such a large amount of prescription drugs? She might not have known it was illegal to be given them or to give them out, or to even enter Egypt with them, but she must have known that something wasn’t right. You can’t even buy more than two packs of paracetamols in a shop, never mind carry such a large quantity of a Class C drug into a foreign country.

There’s just no way that there wasn’t any alarm bells ringing in her head. She may have been naïve about certain aspects, but certainly not all. And like I said earlier; being naïve doesn’t mean you didn’t commit an offence.

There’s an amazing thing called the Internet that can be used for all sorts of things like asking the following question –

“Does car tax transfer with the sale of a car?”

I could have saved myself some money and stress by googling this question, yet I didn’t and therefore had to suffer the consequences of my naivety.

You can also Google the following question –

“Can I carry an amount of Tramadol, a Class C drug which I’m not legally allowed to be prescribed in the UK and which weren’t actually prescribed to me but were given to me by a friend, into Egypt?”

I think she already knows what the answer is to that one.

On a final note, Karl Turner MP will no doubt be using all resources available to him in getting to the bottom of finding out who supplied the drugs to Ms Plummer I assume?

Or would that be NAIVE of me?

 

RANT OVER

 

No Kids allowed

I came across an interesting article the other day (which you can check out for yourselves here) about a Café owner in Brixham, Devon. The man in question owns a ship and ocean-liner themed Café called The Chart Room, which is lined from wall to wall with cruise-ship memorabilia and lots of other “boat stuff”. Being an avid cruise-ship and boat enthusiast, Bob Higginson (or Sir Bob as I will henceforth refer to him as) decided to open a business that reflects his interests and passions, which is of course, his prerogative to. And, since he can do pretty much whatever he likes with his OWN business (within the eyes of the law anyway) he has made an interesting decision regarding his OWN business.

He has banned under 12’s from the premises.

High-five

Obviously the outrage was going to come. Residents and parents alike began to pour scorn on Sir Bob’s decision to ban the little darlings from HIS business, citing such reasons as “marginalising children” and “discrimination”.

Give me a break.

For one thing, Sir Bob is well within his rights not to let children in. Children are not included in legislation regarding their permittance to a premises.

His place, his rules.

Dislike the decision all you want, but the fact remains that Sir Bob doesn’t have to let children in if he doesn’t want to. Yes, that might affect his sales and alienate people but you know what? That’s HIS problem.

There are countless places across the world that don’t cater for kids, and the reason is quite a simple one:

Not everybody likes or wants to be around kids.

In my last post; No, your kids are not that special, I talked about how people can think the world of their own children, but don’t necessarily give a damn about other peoples’. And that’s fine. Sir Bob has opened a business that he wants to aim at the older generation; the generation that has already had Kids and now that they’ve flown the nest, want to enjoy having a sense of freedom to live their lives without constraints. Or noise. Or cheesy Wotsit-covered fingers.

The people complaining about Children being “marginalised” don’t really think this at all. What they really feel is that as Parents they are the ones being treated unfairly, not their Kids. To say it’s the Kids is another example of people using their Children as a weapon to bash people over the head with to create sympathy; sympathy for the fact that having Kids can constrict your life and supress your ability to keep up with your Hipster friends.

My advice?

Stop taking your Kids to places that YOU want to go to. No Kid under 12 really wants to go to a Cruise-ship themed Café, just like no Kid wants to go to a Michelin Star restaurant  or the local pub to sit and watch you get p*ssed up with your mates.

Remember, it’s about the Kids, it’s not about you.

Now, leave the oldies to their peace and quiet, and off you go with the little-ones to McDonalds; there’s a Kids’ play area in a lot of them now. Not a lot of staff at the moment though; they’re off on strike asking to be paid more for not understanding what “No pickles” means.

RANT OVER

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