White Moose Cafe
One café in Ireland is grumpier than Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi. The White Moose Café in Dublin has come under fire for a tirade against gluten-free customers. Following one girl’s request for gluten-free pancakes, the café posted a pretty aggressive note on its Facebook page demanding customers who request gluten-free food to provide a doctor’s note. The response — as you might imagine — was uproarious.
“**DOCTOR’S NOTE REQUIRED TO GET GLUTEN-FREE FOOD**
This morning a girl asked us if we did gluten-free pancakes and when we asked her if she was a coeliac, she didn’t even know what the word meant and then proceeded to order regular, gluten-rich pancakes anyway. From now on, guests who demand gluten-free food are required to produce a doctor’s note which states that you suffer from coeliac disease. Guests following a gluten-free fad, who don’t even know what gluten is, can cop the f--- on and eat regular food like everybody else.”
The Facebook note has since received more than 11,000 comments that range from amused to outraged, including, “How bloody ignorant of you. Gluten affects a lot more people than celiacs,” and “people should abandon your ‘intolerant’ cafe, smallminded BS.”
In response, the White Moose Café has not backed down from the onslaught of criticism. Instead, it is gleefully thanking its gluten-free customers for the free press and, without missing a beat, offering free bandages “for anyone whose feelings have been hurt over the past day or two.”
Last year, the same café got in trouble for banning vegans, so clearly it’s not one to shy away from incendiary statements.