We can't survive without food, that's for sure. However, we still get to choose how to eat based on our lifestyle, philosophy, or diet choice.
What's important is that our eating habits allow us to meet our dietary needs.
Equally important is the need to live peacefully with people who have vastly different opinions and practices regarding diet. We have to be tolerant of other people's decisions, especially in social spaces.
On many occasions, vegans and meat-eaters have to share public spaces. This can bring some level of discomfort to some, and in other instances, conflicts and arguments can arise over differences in opinion.
A Reddit user decided to share her story by asking her online community to help find out if being told off for eating a hamburger in the break room with a vegan colleague present should make her guilty or not.
What do you think should have happened here?
The Reddit user was asked to eat the hamburger outside. The concerned Redditer wanted the online community to explain how to feel about the whole incident.
The story was posted on AITAH explaining what had happened in the break room with the vegan coworker. Although the two normally get along, the break room incident might have proved that they share deep-seated differences.
The story sparked a debate about co-existence with people who have different eating choices, particularly vegans and meat-eaters. Should there be such a huge rift between these two groups of people? Also, if there is a line that should not be crossed, where does it lie?
Should People Be Treated Differently Because Of Their Eating Habits?
The story was posted on the AITAH (Am I The Ass Hole) subreddit, which has over 30k followers.
As the Reddit user explains, Carla is a vegan, but she does not share this truth with everyone. The two have been working together for several years, and in that time, she has never seen her get so defensive about veganism.
One day she came back with a burger from fast food burger place, and the vegan coworker suggested she eat outside. This was odd because they live in a cold and snowy state.
After this incident, she asked the online community on AITAH what they thought of the situation. The subreddit has 2.6 million followers, and the post got over 1.5k comments.
The story started a serious debate online about vegans and meat-eaters, especially concerning how situations such as this should be addressed at work or in other public places in general.
Have you been through something similar in your life? How did you deal with the emotions that come with being in such a situation?
User Opinions About The Story
It would appear that most people did not think that this meat-eater was the asshole. Some suggested that the vegan should have left if she felt uncomfortable, instead of making both of them suffer outside in the cold based on her opinions about proper diet.
Some wondered how she got along with her family, friends, or strangers who aren't vegans. Most people think the meat-eating user was using the break room for the intended purpose and should not have been forced to feel guilty or uncomfortable about it.