Life is full of uncertainties but one thing you can always count on is people coming to blows on the Internet. It’s the perfect platform for those who have differing opinions to get their points across and use language that would curl your granny’s hair.
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The latest online spat to catch our attention is between the White Moose Café in Dublin and every vegan in the world. Yes, that’s right. This café likes to offend en masse and it certainly has a lot of outspoken vegans choking on their quinoa.
It all started when Paul Stenson, who owns the White Moose Café, asked vegan customers to bear in mind that they do not have “50,000 items on [the] menu that suit your idiosyncratic dietary requirements.” Apparently this was prompted by a complaint he had received from a vegan diner (presumably about the lack of vegan options available).
The vegans of Facebook didn’t take too kindly to his sarcastic tone and came out fighting, urging fellow vegans to post one-star reviews of the White Moose Café online.
In retaliation Stenson posted the following on Facebook: “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 café. Any vegans attempting to enter the café will be shot dead at point blank range.”
Things escalated pretty quickly after this, with several Facebook pages being set up to protest against the café’s “anti-veganism” and the argument going viral all over the world.
The fight even went offline when a group of vegans staged a small protest outside the premises. Unfortunately this happened when the café was closed so didn’t have the desired effect.
Ultimately, despite all the negativity from vegan corners, Stenson soon realised that there’s no such thing as bad press.
“We have been receiving hundreds of messages and fan mail from people saying they will make a point of eating in our café, and the table reservations have been coming in thick and fast, all because of you guys,” he posted. “There aren’t many restaurants that can say they have sales reps dotted across the globe the way we have. I feel truly grateful. We owe you big time.”
And his gloating didn’t stop there. He posted this earlier today:
Something tells us this battle isn’t over yet.