#1: I had a customer months ago (female) order a veggie burger (she said she was a vegetarian right when she sat down). When she got it, she thought it was going to be a TVP burger, not the Gardenburger that we had. She didn't like it, so she sent it back and got a turkey burger. She said "I'm not a vegan, I eat chicken and turkey sometimes." I held my tongue because off the top of my head, I couldn't think of anything polite to say to correct her.
Number 2 happened yesterday...
This lady comes in often. My restaurant is in a shopping mall. She's a mall employee from another store. She always gets a grilled cheese or a veggie burger. She's a talker and she started talking about her health. I ended up telling her that I'm a vegetarian. Here's how the conversation turned out...
Customer: "Me too, that's why I eat so many veggie burgers."
Me: "That's awesome, meat is so bad for you."
Customer: "Yeah. I know someone who is a hardcore vegan. She didn't eat ANYTHING that came from an animal."
Me: "Yeah, that's what a vegan is. I did that for a while."
Customer: "I eat chicken and turkey only on the holidays. I eat fish every friday because I'm Catholic."
Me: "You're not a vegetarian."
Customer: "Yes I am."
Me: "No you're not, you eat meat."
Customer: "Only on the holidays... blah blah blah. I don't eat any red meat. I'm ovo-vegan."
Me: "There is something called ovo-vegetarian. They don't eat any meat or dairy, but they do eat eggs."
Customer: "My doctor told me that I'm ovo-vegan. I am."
So I argued with her for a while. I was nice the whole time, but I wanted to make sure she knew she wasn't a vegetarian. She acted like she knew more about vegetarianism than me. That's like saying you're a virgin... because you only have sex once a month...
I just don't like people going around representing vegetarians and eating meat. I wish people were more educated. I've known what a vegetarian was since I was little, even though no one I knew was one. I knew vegetarians didn't eat meat at all. I don't know why so many people don't get that concept.