This shocking story of discrimination against vegans and vegetarians will have you seething. A doughnut shop actually refused to hire vegans and vegetarians They even posted it in their job advertisement!
Sadly, vegans and vegetarians are no strangers to being discriminated against. The discrimination is usually not blatant, unless it’s online. there are countless abusive trolls ready to rant at vegans and vegetarians for their lifestyle choices.
But one doughnut shop was openly discriminatory. Pip’s Original Doughnuts & Chai in Northeast Portland, US, posted a job advertisement online. they called it the “best job in Portland”, with lots of time off (three days off a week) and great pay ($12-$13 entry wage plus tips and an extra $30 to give to charity each paycheck).
This sounds amazing, unless you’re a vegan or vegetarian. Or anyone else who has non-medical or non-religious reasons for not eating the food they sell at the shop. This left vegans and vegetarians extremely angry. Eventually the shop’s owner relented and said he would seriously consider any candidate that gives him a practical workaround.
The advertisement reads:
“BASIC requirements: (PLEASE DO NOT APPLY unless you meet or exceed 1-6)
1. You love serving people and have a friendly, outgoing personality but understand when to be chatty and when to move the line along. We don’t need another moody hipster providing lame service in Portland.
2. One year experience working quickly and accurately in a fast-paced food service job.
3. Basic barista skills: Steaming milk & pouring a basic heart. IF you show promise and meet or exceed all other requirements and we think you are a good fit, we will help refine your skills.
4. Stamina, strength & endurance. It can be very busy and you must be able to lift at least 50 lbs on a regular basis.
5. Enjoy working in a fast-paced, multifaceted, & dynamic environment with a tight team.
6. No non-medical, non-religious dietary restrictions that would stop you from tasting, accurately representing our food and maintaining quality control to maintain the highest standards of food safety and excellence. We serve products with meat (including bacon) nuts, diary and our doughnuts contain wheat gluten.“
People are seriously angry.
A lot of vegans showed their disgust on the shop’s Facebook page:
“To not hire otherwise qualified workers because they make a particular dietary choice is unfair.”
“I will only support those who don’t discriminate, it’s not necessary that all your employees taste test all of your product.”
“Haven’t been, and never will after hearing about what a discriminating business they operate!”
However, loyal customers stand together to show support for the shop:
“I respect a business that operates in a manner that reflects the wishes of the owners and doesn’t bow to some rather loud, but probably outnumbered, outside pressure.”
“‘Keep up the good work!”
In an interview, Nate Snell, the owner of the shop explains the reasons behind the job requirements:
“I want people who are passionate about what they sell. If you can’t eat it, how can you be passionate about it?”
“If the employee was to say something like ‘well, I don’t eat meat or I don’t eat gluten, or I don’t eat nuts or dairy,’ any one of those things would preclude them from being able to give you an honest answer of what that tastes like or how good it is.”
Despite constantly receiving negative feedbacks for the post, Nate still stands by his qualifications:
“Personally, I would rather just serve people well and treat them well and if people are going to be angry, that’s nothing I have control over.”
“If you email me respectfully and say, ‘I really want to work for you, I’m vegan, but here’s what I propose as a work-around,’ I would love to listen to that.”