A social media influencer was left in tears after a restaurant in the UK refused to serve her because they ‘don’t cater for vegans’.
Amie-Beth Steadman from Essex went to the Sheesh restaurant and asked if they had any plant-based dishes on the menu.
But the 27-year-old was then told that they ‘did not know why a vegan would come here.’
The TikToker shared the incident with her followers, saying in a three-minute clip: “I’d been to Sheesh a couple of years ago, and I’m a vegan, and they didn’t actually have anything on their main menu that was vegan.
“But I was thinking… Maybe I could just get some sides. Some chips and rice, all of that, and like mix it all together.
“Whenever I go to restaurants, I actually prefer side dishes to mains a lot of the time…Anyway (when I went to Sheesh) a couple years ago, I asked to do that, and they wouldn’t let me.”
Steadman then said this time, she called the restaurant first to know their vegan options.
“So the lady on the phone said ‘we don’t cater for vegans,’” she went on.
“(My friend said), ‘yeah, I understand that. But I can see obviously you’ve got loads of sides. She was just wondering if maybe she could order a few of those. And have that as her main?”
But the staff’s response left them stunned: “I don’t even know why vegan would even want to come to our restaurant anyway.”
The TikToker received messages of support in the comment section, with many slamming Sheesh for being impolite to customers.
“This is so bizarre, what is the issue with ordering multiple sides instead of a main I don’t get it,” one person commented.
“I’m not vegan but what actually is their issue with vegans ordering sides or spending money in their restaurant,” another wrote.
“If a restaurant doesn’t offer vegan, vegetarian or gluten free options in 2023 it’s dead! No excuse,” a third said.
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