Join Date: Jul 2016
I'm traveling out of state, and today I went to a Chinese restaurant which I went to previously to order a vegan meal, a tofu dish with white rice, that I verified was vegan the last time I ate there.
Well, I went and ordered the same thing again today (kung pao tofu) and even pointed to it on the menu. I picked up my food and when I got back to my car I realized that I was given pork fried rice and an egg roll. I went back into the restaurant and kindly explained the issue and apparently I made the fatal mistake of telling her I wanted the kung pao tofu combo which meant it came with pork fried rice and egg roll.
The fact that I even pointed to the kung pao tofu with white rice apparently wasn't clear enough, but I can understand where the mix up came in. I asked what sense it made to serve a vegetarian meal with pork fried rice, and of course I just got a blank look......... I mean who in the world who is non vegan or non vegetarian would actually get tofu instead of chicken or whatever other meat, and then order pork fried rice with it?
I also couldn't get a refund, due to a giant sign saying "no refunds". So I ended up just having to throw the food away.
I've felt bad about it all day, because even if in some small way and a completely honest mistake, I bought meat and something with egg in it. I've known others whom have made mistakes or whom have accidentally eaten something, but it really sucks to do it myself. I've keep trying to convince myself to just move on because my intentions were good and I didn't mean to order meat.
So far this is the only bad experience I've had at a non vegan restaurant. I only go to a couple that are non vegan and I've established a relationship where I go, so they know I'm vegan and what to make me. I guess this is the danger we can face going to non vegan place, often times the owners and employees have no idea what vegan is, or don't care and can innocently give us something non vegan.
Anyway, just thought I'd vent to others can likely relate.