Even more frightening: That a chef would do that, and brag about it.
That's what may (or may not) have happened at Carlini, an Italian restaurant in Shifnal, England. Laura Goodman, the restaurant's co-owner and chef, wrote in a Facebook group that a "pious, judgmental vegan (who I spent all day cooking for) has gone to bed, still believing she's a vegan." She also posted that she "spiked a vegan." The comments sent Brits into an immediate furor, and people have been bombarding various sites that list the restaurant with negative reviews.
"Regardless of your views on animal rights, why would you eat somewhere where the chef does that? Wonder how much spit soup she's served up in her time," posted one person on the restaurant's Google listing.
Goodman's fiance and business partner, Michael Gale, has a different explanation for her comments. Gale told the BBC that "spiked" was a poor word choice, but that Goodman didn't slip animal products into a diner's meal unwittingly; rather, "He explained his fiancee's posts by saying she had designed a special vegan menu for a party of diners, one of whom then ordered a pizza containing cheese" off the regular menu. The diners have not come forward. Goodman has apologized, but it wasn't enough: Due to the controversy, she has resigned, the BBC says. She has been the subject of death threats online.
Nevertheless, pranking vegans into eating meat - or making them think they ate meat - is a recurring theme on YouTube. And it's not cool.
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