Diet restrictions are all the rage.
Take the gluten-free craze, for instance. While celiac disease is very much a serious condition, the science behind gluten intolerance is shaky at best. For the most part, people who request gluten-free options are just looking for an easy way to cut down on their carb intake.
For many a restaurant, these so-called “intolerances” are super annoying, and one Irish café has officially had enough with the bogus health claims.
The White Moose Café in Dublin, Ireland recently announced on their Facebook page that they will only serve gluten-free food to people with celiac disease who provide a doctor’s note as proof.
This new policy was in response to a customer who tried to order gluten-free pancakes but didn’t know anything about celiac disease.
“From now on, guests who demand gluten-free food are required to produce a doctor’s note which states that you suffer from celiac disease,” the café’s post stated. “Guests following a gluten-free fad, who don’t even know what gluten is, can cop the f*ck on and eat regular food like everybody else.”
The post has been racked up 36,000 likes since Saturday and has been shared over 7,000 times.
Unsurprisingly, not everybody was fond of the café’s new rule.
“My wife is a celiac and your comments are extremely upsetting,” writes one man. “Insisting they must carry proof of their disease is disgusting. You need to be reported to the food safety authority.”
The White Moose’s response? “You’re upset? Hang on. My violin is around here somewhere.”
Since the initial viral post, the café has posted a number follow-ups: one with a picture of bandages branded with the White Moose Logo “for anyone whose feelings have been hurt” and the most recent one thanking the ‘gluten intolerant’ for the increased business and publicity the whole stunt has given them.
This is also not the first time the White Moose has shocked their Facebook fans with unusual policies. Back in August, they stated that they would charge breastfeeding mothers a corkage fee since, as the cafe wrote, “you are using your own milk as opposed to ours.”
While it’s certainly an extreme way to get their point across, we must say it’s refreshing to see a business with such a brash and sarcastic sense of humour. Yes, we’re customers too, but we’re not always right.
The cafe’s Facebook rating currently stands at one and a half stars based on over 25,000 reviews.