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I just wanted to share 2 stories from the restaurant I work at. These are about 2 customers claiming to be vegetarians...<br><br><br><br>
#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.<br><br><br><br>
Number 2 happened yesterday...<br><br><br><br>
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...<br><br><br><br>
Customer: "Me too, that's why I eat so many veggie burgers."<br><br>
Me: "That's awesome, meat is so bad for you."<br><br>
Customer: "Yeah. I know someone who is a hardcore vegan. She didn't eat ANYTHING that came from an animal."<br><br>
Me: "Yeah, that's what a vegan is. I did that for a while."<br><br>
Customer: "I eat chicken and turkey only on the holidays. I eat fish every friday because I'm Catholic."<br><br>
Me: "You're not a vegetarian."<br><br>
Customer: "Yes I am."<br><br>
Me: "No you're not, you eat meat."<br><br>
Customer: "Only on the holidays... blah blah blah. I don't eat any red meat. I'm ovo-vegan."<br><br>
Me: "There is something called ovo-vegetarian. They don't eat any meat or dairy, but they do eat eggs."<br><br>
Customer: "My doctor told me that I'm ovo-vegan. I am."<br><br><br><br>
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...<br><br><br><br>
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.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/huh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":confused:"><br><br><br><br>
Wow. That is almost enough to make your head explode!
 

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ovo-vegans eh... reminds me of the pesco-vegetarians. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>veggiejanie</strong> <a href="/forum/post/0"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style=""></a><br><br>
Ovo-vegan? Ovo-vegan? What the ****?</div>
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haha, that's what I said!
 

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Aimra & Honeyfugle - Exactly! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Now how funny would it have been if I just started to bang my head into the wall as she was talking?
 

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"Yeah. I know someone who is a hardcore vegan. She didn't eat ANYTHING that came from an animal."<br><br><br><br>
As opposed to a softcore vegan who does eat animal products?.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/laugh.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":lol:"> at ovo-vegan.<br><br>
wow.<br><br>
what's the logic behind eating fish on a friday if you are catholic? for 'vegetarians' I mean? I know the Catholic omnis have this fish-is-not-meat thing going on, but surely as fridays are 'meatless' that doesn't mean you HAVE to include fish?
 

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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.<br></div>
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not quite sure what your point is on this one? she didn't claim to be vegetarian ever, according to what you told us, and her statement is correct that she's not a vegan.<br><br><br><br>
so where exactly would you correct her?<br><br>
are you ASSUMING she's a veg because she sometimes gets a veggie burger?
 

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not quite sure what your point is on this one? she didn't claim to be vegetarian ever, according to what you told us, and her statement is correct that she's not a vegan.<br><br><br><br>
so where exactly would you correct her?<br><br>
are you ASSUMING she's a veg because she sometimes gets a veggie burger?</div>
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Oops... sorry, I originally replied thinking you were talking about the second customer.<br><br><br><br>
Actually, the first customer told me she was a vegetarian right when she sat down and asked what we had for vegetarians. (I edited the original post to include that... I don't know how I forgot that). But even if she didn't claim to be a vegan, she thought vegans didn't eat meat and that was it (she didn't know the difference between vegetarian and vegan). She thought vegan was vegetarian and vegetarian means you eat meat sometimes.
 

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..........ovo.............vegan.............uh.... ca..nt..c...o..m..p.u..t.e....<br><br><br><br>
/brain asplode
 

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..........ovo.............vegan.............uh.... ca..nt..c...o..m..p.u..t.e....<br><br><br><br>
/brain asplode</div>
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LMAO. I know, I know.
 

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*ka-thunk*<br><br><br><br><br><br>
That was the sound of my jaw hitting the desk.
 

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Coworker: "You silly vegan"<br><br>
Me: "I'm not vegan."<br><br>
Coworker: "Yes you are. What do you eat that has a face?"<br><br>
Me: "Um..nothing."<br><br>
Coworker: "Exactly. Vegetarians don't eat red meat, and you don't eat any so you're vegan"<br><br>
Me: "K."
 

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I do not like putting to much emphasis on labels but yes, ovo-vegan and the "hard core vegans" (who are actually, um, vegan) is nutty! I think this woman just felt special when her doctor labelled her so she's trying to milk it for all its worth (oh wait, she's ovovegan not lactovegan!)
 

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I would be tempted to argue -- and probably would because I hate it when people don't have the right information.<br><br><br><br>
Unfortunately, in this situation, she has no more reason to believe you than herself, and people think doctors have knowledge in areas where they don't. What it boils down to is toss the label and feed her what she eats.
 

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"Yeah. I know someone who is a hardcore vegan. She didn't eat ANYTHING that came from an animal."<br><br><br><br>
As opposed to a softcore vegan who does eat animal products?.</div>
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hehe...good one....thanx for sharing the stories.
 
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