A British chef claimed on Facebook to have “spiked” the meal of a “pious and judgmental” vegan after losing patience with a group of difficult diners at her restaurant.
Little did she expect her posts would unleash a withering vegetarian backlash.
According to the Telegraph, Laura Goodman was attacked on social media by hundreds of angry vegans, some who even threatened her with death.
Wrote one person on the since-closed Facebook page: “This lady should be charged with assault. We are vegan for a reason. To disregard our wishes and boast about contaminating our food is at least a sackable offence.”
Another added: “Feeding a non vegan meal to someone who has made the compassionate or potentially even medical choice not to eat animal products intentionally is disgraceful and then to brag about it on your Facebook page. I hope you are ashamed of yourself.”
Whether Goodman’s Carlini restaurant in Shifnal, Shropshire, could remain in business in the face of such a reaction was suddenly in doubt.
A vegan group called Telford Vegan Action organized a protest of the restaurant and urged people to dine elsewhere.
Furious vegans hacked the restaurant’s website with offensive photos and comments, according to the Telegraph.
Carlini’s TripAdvisor review rating briefly collapsed like a soufflé until the site removed submissions that did not describe a first-hand experience and temporarily barred new reviews.
Although Goodman’s exact words were: “Spiked a vegan a few hours ago” and later, “Pious, judgmental vegan (who I spent all day cooking for) has gone to bed still believing she’s a vegan,” her business partner Michael Gale denied any spiking had occurred.
According to the Telegraph, Gale said Goodman’s customers had previously told her they would be happy to order vegan dishes that Goodman made especially for them, but instead ordered only a roasted cauliflower dish and a margherita pizza (which comes with mozzarella) off the regular menu. A waitress told Goodman that one of the vegans had been eating the pizza, suggesting that the diner was breaking her vegan diet on her own accord.
But that did not excuse Goodman’s comments, Gale said, which he blamed on overwork and alcohol.
“Laura is absolutely mortified by the comments she made which were posted in the early hours of the morning after a very long shift and too much to drink,” Gale told the Telegraph.
The restaurant reported the death threats to police.