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Restaurant Tells Customers it Doesn’t “Give a Sh*t” About Gluten-free Food
Celiac.com 10/06/2014 - Anyone who has ever had difficulty ordering gluten-free food at a restaurant can likely appreciate the scene that recently played out at a San Francisco restaurant called SO.
After back-to-back problems with “rude customers,” employees of the eatery staged a walkout. The next morning, the management posted a sign that not only made their feelings clear about the situation, but let no doubt about they position on MSG, organic food, and gluten-free food.
The sign read:
We are CLOSED
Because of You
*YES we use MSG!
*We don’t believe in organic food
AND…don’t give a
shit about gluten free
The walkout allegedly occurred after one party refused to pay for food they said was ‘too spicy,’ and another cursed at the owner.
Granted, the dustup likely has more to do with rude patrons than with difficult gluten-free diners, but the management is making it clear that this is one place you will not be getting gluten-free food.
It’s too early to tell whether the SO will suffer any blowback from their actions, but stay tuned for further updates.
Here is the Yelp! page for SO.
In the meantime, what do you think? Are you offended at the owner’s attitude? Or maybe happy they have made their position so clear? Or confused to see gluten-free lumped in with MSG and organic food?
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