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Old 07-29-09, 12:58 AM
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Originally Posted by msincredible View Post
if i were you, i'd keep asking nicely each time. It may take a while but they might change their minds.
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Old 07-29-09, 01:10 AM
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Ditch 'em.
My weekends are sacred.
To me, cycling is more important than sitting around with fat people.
Fat people who don't respect your choices.
Go riding.
Afterwards, have your own BBQ.
Invite friends.
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Old 07-29-09, 05:29 AM
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No, if they are not going to have anything for you to eat, then why go? No one else will need to bring their own food in order to eat, so why should you?

and btw, if they make fun of you for what you eat, make fun of them for not being able to ride a bike for mor than 3 miles and being such out of shape slobs.
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Old 07-29-09, 08:59 AM
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Not having veggie burgers is pure laziness on the organizers part at best - it takes perhaps 30s longer to pick up a pack when at the store. At worst it is purposeful disrespect. Total BS.

Is this weekend? During normal workhours?
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Old 07-29-09, 02:28 PM
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Bring the veggie burger patties with you and I'm sure they will cook it. Raw onions, pickles, lettuce, tomato, and sesame bun. So what if the spatula has a bit of grease on it. Don't forget to bring your salt free, baked potato chips.
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Old 07-29-09, 02:39 PM
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It is very disrespectful of them to deny a request for vegetarian food.

That being said. If it was really mandatory, I would marinade some vegetables in a ziploc bag, once at the picnic put them on the grill in an aluminum foil, enjoy the deliciousness in 5 minutes.
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Old 08-02-09, 10:19 PM
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im a fellow veggo and just gotta say thats pretty lame of them
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Old 08-03-09, 09:00 AM
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I have to say that I am very much a carnivore, but I would try to accommodate if I could.

The idea that they are somehow obligated to is somewhat absurd tho. I have been at many many functions where the choices of food were not my thing, for any number of reasons, and I simply didn't eat them. People have any number of reasons for not eating certain foods, my particular dislike is chicken. I loathe the damn things. Sometimes it is boxes and boxes of Pizza, which some would turn down for any number of dietary reasons. Sometimes there are alternatives, and sometimes not, but I don't expect my employer to accommodate me and bring in something special for me.

Don't read so much into it. With them, it isn't a question of morality or whatever drives some people to become a vegetarian. In their minds, it is simply a preference, and there is no particular reason they should feel obligated to provide for your preference. There is nothing that makes you any different than any other person who might not care for the choice of food. Do you think they should provide for every idiosyncrasy of every individual, or just you?

Go and have fun, if that is your preference, and forget about the menu. If you don't want to go, then don't go.

Don't bash them because you choose to be different. You have no constitutional right to a "free lunch". The fact that they provide one, says pretty good things about your employer. The fact that they don't bother to accommodate every whim or preference seems pretty reasonable. It simply can't be done on a large scale, someone will always want something different, again, for any number of reasons. Your reasons are no more valid than any others that may come up.
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Old 08-03-09, 09:33 AM
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Originally Posted by dahoyle View Post

1) it isn't a question of morality or whatever drives some people to become a vegetarian. In their minds, it is simply a preference,

2) and there is no particular reason they should feel obligated to provide for your preference. There is nothing that makes you any different than any other person who might not care for the choice of food.

3) Do you think they should provide for every idiosyncrasy of every individual, or just you?

4) You have no constitutional right to a "free lunch".
The fact that they provide one, says pretty good things about your employer.

5) The fact that they don't bother to accommodate every whim or preference seems pretty reasonable.
1)no, often being a vegetarian IS a choice based on personal moral values.
2)Around 10% of western population are vegetarian.
3) Again 10% and rising.
4) she as a veggie is not being provided a free lunch! Equal treatment of 10% of the work force seems reasonable.
5) Making a choice to be a veggie is not a whim,It is a sizable world proportion ,around30%.

I do not completely disagree with your points, but please try to see the flip side.
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Old 08-03-09, 09:49 AM
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So, did the OP go, or what? If so, what was the work around used?
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Old 08-03-09, 10:09 AM
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Originally Posted by bhkyte View Post
1)no, often being a vegetarian IS a choice based on personal moral values.
2)Around 10% of western population are vegetarian.
3) Again 10% and rising.
4) she as a veggie is not being provided a free lunch! Equal treatment of 10% of the work force seems reasonable.
5) Making a choice to be a veggie is not a whim,It is a sizable world proportion ,around30%.

I do not completely disagree with your points, but please try to see the flip side.
I said it isn't a moral decision to the employer. They see it as a personal choice. Obviously, it is a moral decision to many vegetarians. Morality is a very vague thing and there are as many moralities in the world as there are people. Not all of them deserve to be catered to. Don't even get me started on that.

She is being provided a free lunch. She CHOOSES not to partake in it. The reason she chooses not to partake, are her own particular moral guidelines. It is unreasonable to expect everyone to share them. I would much rather have veal than Kentucky Fried. Actually that is not strong enough wording. The very thought of Kentucky Fried makes me nauseous. Is that not as valid a reason to expect preferential treatment. Should I eat something that makes me physically sick?

The flip side is pretty obvious to me. Not all can be accommodated, so who gets the fun job of deciding who will be. Do you wan that job? I find it somewhat petty on the employers part, but understand what makes it much more difficult a thing than it is presented here.

I find it equally petty to prosecute the employer here on the web, if that is the only problem.
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Old 08-03-09, 10:11 AM
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in the end i did not go- most of the people from my department were out of town on this day
including my boss. thanks for all the good feedback though- i suppose if my department went i probably would have gone
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