Hotel Chef Fired After Posting About Feeding Meat to Vegans
In a strange case of social media wars actually resulting in real-life consequences, a 30-year-old hotel chef in the United Kingdom was fired after he made a post on Instagram about how he enjoyed feeding meat to unsuspecting vegans. While that may seem like good news, the chef, Alex Lambert, has stated the comments were made during an online argument and taken out of context.
That context is that Lambert and another person engaged in a “heated debate” about veganism and eating meat, after the chef posted about how he was annoyed by a vegan customer who came into the hotel and “was telling everyone they were vegan, it’s much healthier and better for them and anyone that eats meat is wrong.”
His post attracted what he referred to as a “militant vegan”, who reportedly stated that Lambert should get heart disease and that he would be responsible for the death of his daughter “by feeding her animal products.” Lambert stated he lost his temper and “said something completely stupid with the sole intention of pissing her off.” He stated:
“Find a better way to spend your time, my personal favourite is feeding vegans animal products and them not knowing.”
Now in any ordinary situation, this post would have mostly likely attracted a little more controversy and comments and then would have eventually died out. However, many believed that Lambert was actually secretly feeding vegans meat in the hotel he worked for, and they took action. The Littleover Lodge Hotel was soon flooded with one-star reviews and complaints from people who said they would never eat or stay there as a result.
While the hotel’s management initially defended the chef, they soon changed their position, stating:
“We have investigated all accusations against Mr Lambert and found no evidence suggesting that any of these practices have taken place within this hotel. However, due to the comments made my Mr Lambert regarding specific dietary requirements the company has decided to terminate his employment.”
Lambert stated that in his nine years working as a chef he has never done anything similar to what he posted about, and added:
“My job has always been my passion and something I have always taken very seriously. It was a stupid comment said out of anger. For the record I have no issue with vegans.”
While the comment was of course a troublesome one if it was in fact true, seeing how participants in social media wars are usually only focused on who can offend the other person more, it is also likely the chef was just, as he said, retaliating against comments directed to him and his daughter. Of course one may never know what happened behind-the-scenes, but this situation just further shows how online wars are capable of spilling over into real life.
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