Having resolved all other issues, Portland vegans are venting their pent-up outrage at the owner of a small Northeast Portland mini-doughnut shop because he dared to post a help wanted ad that they found "offensive".
It was that last item that stirred their ire; how dare an employer who operates a doughnut shop and small catering business state that "non-medical, non-religious dietary restrictions that would stop you from tasting" would not be eligible for employment there!
Won't return now that I know you discriminate against vegetarians in your hiring practices! We are good enough to buy your products, in my case near daily, but not okay to work there. There are surely enough employees for quality testing. I'll be spreading the word in our rather large Portland community.
Some commenters have argued that the requirement might be illegal. Under federal anti-discrimination law, dietary preference is not a protected class.
"As someone whose religion requires me to eat a kosher diet, I am deeply offended," Dave Hobson wrote in a one-star review on Facebook. "If I wanted to apply for this job, I'd be turned away due to my religious views. I do believe this practice can get you in trouble."
Dave is evidently a product of Portland Public Schools, as he seems to be illiterate; the ad very specifically states "non-religious dietary restrictions". Go back home to the east coast, Dave, and be "deeply offended" there.
Literally hundreds of people have got themselves in a lather over this. It's a freaking doughnut shop. They sell maple-bacon doughnuts, doughnuts with nuts in them, and lunch items that feature meats. And it's not as though the ranters and emailers are even interested in working there; they're just looking for something - no matter how insignificant - to get all wee-weed up over. And the owner's not having it:
Good for him.