The White Moose Café is at is again. Around this time last year, the Dublin, Ireland-based restaurant caused a bit of an international incident when a somewhat tongue-in-cheek Facebook battle led the establishment to ban vegans. Now, owner Paul Stenson is using social media to put the gluten-free crowd in his crosshairs, proclaiming that gluten-free orders will only be accommodated with a doctor’s note stating that the customer actually has celiac disease.
Much like in his anti-vegan outburst, Stenson’s recent anti-gluten-free rant claims to stem from a real episode at his café. This past Saturday, with a heading of “DOCTOR’S NOTE REQUIRED TO GET GLUTEN-FREE FOOD,” The White Moose Café posted the following to its Facebook page: “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 fuck on and eat regular food like everybody else.”
Proving that lightning can strike twice if you rile people up with controversial topics, the café’s post has gone on to accumulate over 33,000 reactions, 9,700 comments and 5,800 shares as of writing. The top comments use words like “ignorant,” “unprofessional” and “absolute dick.”