Chef sparks outrage after boasting on Facebook of ‘spiking a vegan group’s meals with MEAT’ as livid social media users call for her to be charged with ASSAULT
- Laura Goodman co-owns the Carlini Italian restaurant in Shifnal, Shropshire
- Posting to Facebook, she bragged about ‘spiking’ a vegan group with meat
- The restaurant has hundreds of one-star reviews and has a 1.1 rating out of five
- A demonstration by Telford Vegan Action is calling for it to be shut down
A chef has sparked a furious backlash on social media after boasting about ‘spiking’ a group of vegan diners with non-vegan food.
Laura Goodman, who co-owns Carlini restaurant in Shifnal, Shropshire, posted on Facebook how a ‘pious, judgmental vegan’ had gone to bed ‘still believing she’s a vegan’.
It led to an angry reaction online, with social media users flooding a Google page for the restaurant with one-star reviews and one commenter calling for Ms Goodman to be prosecuted for assault.
The restaurateur posted her message on the Facebook page ‘The Boring Group’ at 4am on Saturday, prompting a barrage of abuse from many of the members.
One said: ‘I hope you didn’t do anything on purpose to make her meal non vegan, if so that is disgusting and so out of order, I would be furious with anybody that did that.’
Replying to backlash from both vegans and meat-eaters, she later posted: ‘Actually I should have said “they’re” not a vegan… not “she’s”.
‘Started with asking me to telephone them, over Christmas, to discuss the dietary requirements of their guests within a set time frame, and ended with me wondering why I’m explaining this simplistic post to a pious c***.’
The page for the restaurant on Google has received hundreds of reviews, dragging the rating down to just 1.1 stars out of five.
One reviewer said: ‘This person who owns a restaurant is boasting about spiking peoples food, unaware that some people with dietary requirements might also be more swayed by this because of allergies.
‘It would be the same if someone of a religious background came in and she spiked their food with prohibited substances.
‘I am sure you would agree prohibited is prohibited regardless of the reasoning behind it.’
Local group Telford Vegan Action are planning a demonstration outside the restaurant and have called for it to be shut down.
Hope Lye, the organiser, said: ‘Telford Vegan Action are organising a demonstration against Carlini / Laura Goodman as the actions of spiking a vegan is so very wrong.
‘What right did Laura Goodman feel she have the right to place animal products in a vegan dish then go on social media and boast about it?
‘More people are going vegan and many more are participating in the Veganuary campaign and we will be highlighting this outside Carlini in the hope more people go vegan.’
A Tweet calling for people to email, call, or leave a negative review has also racked up hundreds of retweets and likes.
One reply to the Tweet said: ‘It’s literally assault upon a person.’
Another said: ‘This seems worthy of a lawsuit!’
Laura Goodman, Carlini Restaurant and the Shropshire Food Standards Agency have been contacted for comment.
SOURCE: The Daily Mail: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5227937/Shropshire-chef-claims-spiked-vegan-meat.html