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VegCharlotte, apparently a blog for vegans in Charlotte, posted Thursday about a vegan blogger who alleges she was “a victim of racism and bigotry” at Dandelion Market, the venue of some holiday party she was attending. The blogger’s story is full of breathless confusion, and essentially makes it sound as if she and her fiance were simply quietly nibbling pita chips before some Dandelion goons forced them out the door. She then claims she was body slammed and dragged out when she attempted to re-enter, and told they were removed “because people were complaining about the Muslim guy being there.”
The blogger concludes by saying the police refuse to do anything and the news media doesn’t care because “hate crimes against Sikhs and Muslims (or people just assumed to be Muslims) aren’t really hot topics” – she claims if her fiance “were black or gay” she “could have gotten some token coverage”. Apparently no lawyers are interested in helping her sue the venue because she says you “can’t get a lot of “damages” for bruises”. She finally says “So, eventually, the only thing left to do is … take it to the people. Take it to the Internet.”
Well Dandelion Market says her version is basically a bunch of crap. In a public response posted to their facebook last night they say the real story is quite different:
Two individuals were observed and identified as extremely inebriated. After being informed that it was our policy that all patrons were to be awake and alert, one of the individuals was found asleep at a table that had been vomited on. At this point, the security staff asked the patrons to leave the premises. The two individuals protested their eviction but left together of their own will. Once outside the premises the individuals continued to protest and the female individual erratically forced her way back in only to be escorted out once more. Once outside the building the manager on duty explained that they were welcomed back at another time but they would not be allowed in again on that evening. The incident was concluded by several members of staff witnessing the intoxicated female stumbling and being held up by her friends while waiting on a taxi.
Days after the incident, Charlotte Mecklenburg Police visited us in regards to that evening. We shared the events as documented in our written incident reports which are recorded following any disturbance that requires the attention of our security staff. After looking into the matter, the police determined that there was no course of action to be taken. We have continued to be honest and forthcoming with the details of the incident. We refuse to get into an argument with individuals because they mistook our motives and actions.
The action taken by the staff and management were in no way motivated by race, gender or religious beliefs. Action was taken in an effort to ensure the safety of patrons and staff of Dandelion Market.
So depending on who you believe, a white woman and her fiance were roughed up and tossed out of a venue for no reason other than her fiance “looks” Muslim; or a couple of drunk people were escorted out and the drunk girl belligerently tried to re-enter after being told she couldn’t and is spinning the humiliation into something less embarrassing.
I’m mainly just confused as to why her being vegan has any relevance to this story at all.
Shauna Ahern, famous for her recipes, is tired of helping you people with those recipes. After years of publishing perfectly crafted instructions for gluten free food items, she is “done” providing the ungrateful masses with substitutions and clarifications:
I posted the recipe this morning…Within an hour, I had a request from a different person asking how to substitute every single ingredient in the recipe…I am not kidding…So here’s the deal. I’m done. I’ve tried hard for years to figure out the substitutions because I don’t want anyone else to feel left out…I can’t make every substitution for you. I just won’t do it anymore.
Asking readers if they “know how much work it takes to create a grain-free, dairy-free, and egg-free dinner roll that is actually good” she went on to detail the extent of her culinary martyrdom:
In the midst of the time when we are developing five recipes a day, six days a week, for an impending cookbook deadline? (I’ll leave off the rest of our lives, the exciting developments and the daily duties of being parents to a very active five-year-old.) I don’t throw recipes up there lightly.
Don’t you people know how busy she is? For fork’s sake they are drowning in a sea of fundraising their gastrotour and trying to figure out why they can’t find the perfect baby. They can’t be expected to help you sort out how to make their recipes because they “worked hard to make that particular recipe, not the one you need”. OMG people, just use Google!
Erin W., “a pretty face“, has dating site users in Toronto gathering pitchforks thanks to her blog – which details her strategy to “find a man, any man, even a woman to finance this delectable venture into the maze of Toronto’s hottest resto nabes”:
Exploiting men for meals is tough. I have to put up with a lot of bad conversation and to be honest for awhile there I didn’t think I was up for the challenge.
Warning the internet that “Toronto gold diggers exist. Be afraid, be very afraid”, she later wonders “now that I’m internet famous, do you think I can swindle some better looking richer guys to take me out?”
I hope so because ugh dating is a lot of work and sometimes this happens….that moment when you find out your date wants to talk & get to know you before they consent to dinner…Oh yea & that thing you do where you keep “checking in” with me to make sure I’m having a good time…yah, stop that.
This scheme sounds familiar. However, Erin has added a charming new facet to the ‘use people for expensive dinners’ scheme by going so far as to lie about being Christian or Jewish in order to lure wallets on sites like Christian Mingle and JDate:
These guys should feel honoured by this open invitation to date me.
HATERS GON HATE
Just what we needed – more proof that online dating is a crock of catfish. Good luck out there folks.
A question published in Carolyn Hax’s column has the blog world snickering behind their hands while they try to guess the identity of the blogger couple mentioned by relatives seeking advice. It seems the letter writer’s brother and sister-in-law are running “a well-known blog” in a niche field, and:
Often, they will make comments about how our jobs are “not enhancing our soul” or “fail to contribute to our local economy with originality.” We more or less brushed this off until they sent a family-wide e-mail asking for a loan due to recent financial issues.
They go on to explain that the couple seem to always find ways to not pay for things when in a group by “getting a ride with other people, cajoling my in-laws to pick up a dinner tab, asking us to share a hotel room, etc.” In other words, your non-creative life is lame but we’re happy to let it to pay our bills.
Many people have emailed me theories about this letter; some saying it has to be fake, and many with their own idea of who the bloggers could be. So let’s kill a Saturday and discuss your theories right here instead of in my inbox.
Sarah Matheny, food blogger at Peas and Thank You, has announced that she too is done:
We’re starting a new chapter in our life which, as you may have guessed, includes more children, but also more immediately, includes additional responsibilities in educating and discipling our girls. It’s time for letting go of some things in order to prepare for what’s ahead.
On her facebook page she says “we are adopting! A little girl, under 3 from China” and that she hopes “to find a (free) way to maintain the site” so she can leave the recipes available online.