A Dublin café owner has ruffled some feathers amongst the vegan community after he joked he would shoot them at “point blank range” should they visit his establishment.
The battle between vegans and the White Moose Café in the city began when manager Paul Stenson posted a status on Facebook in August which was deemed offensive by many vegans.
“Attention Vegans: Please do not waltz into out café with no notice and look at us like we have ten heads when you realise that there aren’t 50,000 items on our menu that suit your idiosyncratic dietary requirements. Our chef will be more than happy to prepare a number of dishes for you but a little heads up in advance would be appreciated,” Stenson wrote on the café’s Facebook page.
Since the post, upset vegans have been leaving negative reviews on the café’s Facebook page and Tripadvisor listing. The manager has now launched a campaign against vegans as he believes the reviews aren’t representative of those who have visited the cafe.
“I’m loving the negative reviews we’ve been receiving by every vegan who exists on the planet earth. The reality of the situation is that 100pc of these people have never even been in the café and are writing these reviews because they chose to take offense to one of my posts relating to the sense of over entitlement that vegans seem to have,” the post on White Moose Café’s Facebook page read.
The café has now banned vegans from the establishment, which is on Dublin’s North Circular Road.
“Given the torrent of abuse and unjustified negative reviews we have been receiving from the vegan population over the past 24 hours, all vegans are now barred from our cafe. All vegans entering the café will be shot at point blank range,” Stenson wrote.
“We look forward to never welcoming you vegans into our café ever again.”
Although the manager insisted that his threat of violence was completely tongue in cheek, many were offended by his words.
“Death threats aren't funny. I'm not a vegan. Your chefs are crap if they can't cook a dish and simply omit the meat.. How childish,” wrote Abbey Rose who left a one star review.
“Any place that makes fun of other people's beliefs is not a place I'd like to go to,” said Shane Russo.
In her review Tonya Brown said: “Threatening violence to paying customers is uncalled for.”
One woman suggested upset vegans should contact the Gardai: “You can email or call Pearse Street Garda Station to let them know that this guy is threatening a mass shooting. I think that is not acceptable at all even if he says it’s a joke.”
It seems however Stenson, whose parents own the café, isn’t going to be calling a truce any time soon despite the imminent threat of the Guards calling to his door.
“I would like to take this opportunity to apologise sincerely for what I said in earlier posts. It was completely out of line for me to say that you would be shot dead at point blank range if you attempted to come into our cafe. A much more fair way of knocking you off would be to put poison in your food. PS f**k you,” he wrote.
Pass the nuts please, for we are a nation of grazers. According to a study from Bord Bia on snacking in Ireland and the UK, from March of last year, on average we snack 2.55 times a day, with the top three snacking categories confectionery (21 per cent), crisps (15 per cent) and fruit (12 per cent), with most snacking occasions occurring at home.