In an ideal world, everyone would respect each other’s dietary decisions and that would be that. There’d be no quibbling over who’s intolerant to this or who would rather not put that anywhere near their mouth. We’d all be holding hands, dancing in a big circle, happily browsing to the tune of kumbaya. Evidently, this is not the case. Still, it seems that some people are much more set on being massive dicks about it than others.
Last week, a story broke on Reddit’s aptly named “Am I The Asshole?” community, where users typically share tales of morally reprehensible actions and reactions in a bid for absolution from the famously forgiving internet. Things usually go badly. In this case however, the story concerned a vegan woman who, in a moment of inebriated vulnerability, had her drunken snacking spiked with real chicken by her so-called friends. For a community used to dealing with genuine pricks, such a sympathetic protagonist was unfamiliar territory.
According to the anonymous 24-year-old woman’s account, she was at a party before getting “white-girl wasted.” It was then that things went rapidly downhill. As she explained in her post:
“My friends thought it would be funny to feed me chicken nuggets as a prank. I checked with them before chowing down "are these vegan?" To which my friends replied "yeah, they're sunfed" (a type of vegan chickenless chicken). They tasted off to me but I figured it was just because I was drunk. I was wrong.”
“I found out the next day when my sister sent me a message telling me to check my friends Snapchat story. The story was them showing the nugget packaging, and then showing them giving them to me (including the conversation where I asked if it was vegan). The and then later them mocking me and pretending to be me when I found out I ate meat (things like fake crying and yelling "the CHICKENS!!!"). I took a screen recording of the video and took it to the police, on the grounds of food tampering, and now 3 of my (ex) friends are facing charges.”
Understandably, there were plenty of people who came out in favour of the poster’s decision. Buzzfeed report that commenters were unequivocal in their support, with one writing, "NTA (Not The Asshole). This is disgusting and just an all-around awful thing to do to someone. What terrible people," and another adding, "NTA. As a chef, you never f**k with someone's food. Ever."
Others, however, were slightly more nuanced. One used the popular acronym ESH (Everyone Sucks Here), before explaining:
“You’re pressing charges over chicken nuggets. You have a moral stance against meat. That’s fine. But it’s not a life-threatening allergy. It’s absolutely a shitty thing for them to do. They aren’t friends. They should be ashamed. But pressing charges is just way too much."
Wherever you stand, the story will certainly give people pause before their next prank.