Boy oh boy. Where do I start? I'm sure you've heard by now about what's happened at Imagine Vegan via the interweb. If not, go to your nearest internet search box and type in Imagine Vegan or even #buttholegate on twitter. Yes, you read that totally correct. #buttholegate
Now that you've educated yourselves, we can jump right into it. The whole thing is pure insanity and comedy. I saw two major issues here. A naked baby running around a and the owner's response.
I'm a father. When my Maddy was a baby it was totally possible for her to run around the house with nothing but a diaper on. She eventually got to a point where she wanted to be free and she learned to take it off. So that's totally not out the realm of what kids do. However, this was at home and not out in public. Babies can't be out in the world giving strip teases. Health code violations or not, you gotta watch what your child does and who's around your kid. Mane pedophiles everywhere and now they know where the babies strip. Accidents happen but everyone doesn't think what your child does is cute.
I get it. The owner, or as she called herself "mama bear", was pissed about someone talking noise about her kid. That's a natural response, but you also are running a business and must be professional even when you get a bad review. The reviewer might have over exaggerated, but still you just remain calm and professional. Apologize. Maybe offer a discount and keep it moving. Not this owner! She is about this life. Not only did the owner snap on the reviewer, but she said haters aren't welcomed. Haters? Really? Ain't nobody hating on your naked baby. She went on to say on the news "If you don't like vegan don't come here. If you don't like children, don't come here". Smh. Someone needed to be a friend and snatch the mic. Create some sort of diversion. A James Bond smoke screen maybe. Let's just agree that the response wasn't handled the best way.
I get that the owners are very into their restaurant being a family establishment. I've heard they do great things in the community as well. My dad always said people forget the good things you do but always remember the bad. I've never eaten at this restaurant before, mainly because the idea of eating fake cheese and imitation meat grosses me out, but I'm not sure I would want to go now. Not because I think the owners are terrible people, but because I like my eating experience to be butthole free.
No it's actually because I won't eat vegan food.
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