Pip's Original Doughnuts in Portland posted a help wanted ad on July 21, which caused outrage among some folks who accused the store of discriminating against vegans (video below).
The ad posted on Poached Jobs stated: "No non-medical, non-religious dietary restrictions that would stop you from tasting, accurately representing our food and maintaining quality control to maintain the highest standards of food safety and excellence. We serve products with meat (including bacon) nuts, [dairy] and our doughnuts contain wheat gluten."
Doughnut shop owner Nate Snell told KGW: "If the person was to say something like, 'Well, I don't eat meat,' or, 'I don't eat gluten,' or, 'I don't eat nuts,' or, 'I don't eat dairy,' any one of those things would preclude them from being able to give you an honest answer as far as what that tastes like or how good it is."
The doughnut shop's Facebook page was pounded with negative comments and boycotts such as: "I support many non-vegan establishments but not ones who refuse to hire people based on an ethical choice they have made."
Snell told the news station: "What ... disappointed me was the fact that there was a lot of emotion happening and not a lot of logic or common sense." He added, "If you email me respectfully and say, 'I really want to work for you, I'm vegan, but here's what I propose as a work-around,' I would love to listen to that."
Snell and his co-owner Jamie wrote on Facebook on July 23:
Today is a tough day friends. We have received numerous hateful emails and are being relentlessly cyber-bullied by a group of people using fear and intimidation tactics...
As a small, locally owned business we feel that voluntary lifestyle, non-medical & non-religious dietary restrictions could seriously compromise our ability to make crucial decisions to assure food quality and safety. It's not discrimination, it's common sense.
This was NEVER about us versus vegans.