Rant 1 ‘HOW DARE YOU CALL ME GREEDY’
I’m at a public health conference and this woman passively aggressively stares me down as I make my way back from the buffet with a plate full of fruit and veg.
I call her on it. And she shamelessly makes some comments about how much food I’ve taken from the buffet and how greedy I am.
‘Really! You just called me greedy. As though you have the right to comment on my food intake. Go away woman.’
This is the plate of food that compelled the woman to judge me; quite unremarkable in quantity, and by raw vegan requirements a very modest meal.
I usually ignore the bug eyed stares when I eat in public. And in turn most people do their British thing and keep their thoughts to themselves. I was incensed and confused by the open hostility I encountered from this woman. I’m a raw vegan. I get all my calories from fruit and veg. I eat a lot of them. Get over it.
‘WHY DOESN’T YOUR CATERING DEPARTMENT UNDERSTAND THE CONCEPT OF A RAW VEGAN’
I’m at the Park Plaza in Victoria; another conference, another registration made with specific dietary requirements and another disappointment.
I had been hopeful. The women that took my booking remarked via email ‘A raw vegan how nice my son and I are trying to incorporate more vegan and raw into our diet’. ‘Enjoy, it’s a great lifestyle’ I had replied.
This is what I was served.
I have no idea what it is. The heat has mutilated the vegetables beyond all recognition.
I just don’t understand how this happened.
‘I have a special order to pick up I’m a raw vegan’ – I said to the head usher type person and he led me towards another woman to whom I explained the same thing.
‘Ok so greens and vegetables – this will be alright for you’. She offered.
‘Yes’. I confirmed.
I now realise this is where I made the big mistake.
I should have responded:
‘Yes. Greens and vegetables. All fresh and uncooked.’
Lesson learnt. But. I just don’t understand how you can work in catering and not understand the concept of a raw vegan.
Of course I did the very British thing of not informing the staff that there was a problem with my food. I merely plated up at the fruit cart and ignored the stares.