I lost a chance to be a Millionaire!

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I'm a vegetarian and cannot digest the concept of eating animals or fish. I do not eat Eggs either. The stench makes me nauseous, while my brother enjoys a Non-Vegetarian meal.

A while ago, my brother and I had ordered a Veg Supreme and a Tandoori Chicken Pizza from a food delivery application.

To our surprise, both the Pizzas came in a single box. In fact, the delivery was so poorly handled that there were chunks of meat on my Veg Pizza.

We immediately contacted our food delivery application and filed a complaint explaining to him what had happened.

They compensated us by refunding all the money and gave us some extra credits and coupon codes too. The food application delisted the restaurant.

The compensation should be much higher, I believe. However, since it was an honest mistake, we didn't escalate the matter any further. My brother ate two Pizzas that night, while I didn't get any.

However, I could've filed a suit at the consumer court against the restaurant and the food delivery application, not for the awful pizzas, not for the late delivery but, for serving me a Non-Vegetarian meal when I ordered a vegetarian meal. It's equivalent to playing with not only my religious beliefs but also with my health. The claim could've been made for a whopping Rupees 10 million! (~ $1,35,694.40).

A similar incident had happened in Uttar Pradesh where a woman had ordered a Vegetarian meal but was served a Non-Vegetarian meal instead. After highlighting the matter to the higher staff, she was offered a free meal at the restaurant which she politely decline and filed a case at the consumer court for Rupees 10 million for mocking her religious beliefs and financial status. You can read the article here.

This may not be a notable incident in any other part of the world. But, in India where we have the largest population of Vegetarians, this is a matter of great attention. People here associate being Vegetarian with Religion and Science.

There are few fast-food chains that have a different kitchen for cooking Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian meals separately. McDonald's is one of them. It was a smart move by McDonald's thus attracting a large Vegetarian crowd. This is the reason some of my friends prefer McDonald's over other fast-food restaurants. Domino's has no such separate kitchen, so they lose customers like this. My family doesn't prefer ordering from Domino's on Religious holidays. For perspective, Religious festivals begin in July and go on until late October or early November.

There are dedicated 'Pure Veg' restaurants here, while the mixed restaurants are expected to have separate cooking utensils and serving silverware for Vegetarians and Non-Vegetarians. Though it might not always be this way, especially in cases of street vendors or low-budget restaurants.

There have been reported incidents where infiltrators or unregistered food shops run by 'you know who' have mixed or served illegal meat on one's Chicken Burger or to one's Veg Burger to rage or hurt one's religious beliefs and sentiments. Arrests have been made in some cases.

I'm uncomfortable eating animals and birds. They have the same texture as ours. In addition to it, I'm scared of blood as well. Yes, my own too! Sometimes I scream. My family has got used to my occasional screams. I ​also believe this forms part of animal cruelty. For some, their pets are family. When eating Dogs, Cats and Horses are looked down upon then why not Chicken or Cows? It is simply not for me.

Once I was walking on the road, minding my own business, some threw a chicken's head on my feet. I looked on my left baffled; the butcher apologized. Seems like he was trying to aim the dustbin. I hurled liked a facet all night. The image is still vivid in my mind and the incident was mentally stressful. The whole experience was just so agonizing, I can never forget it.

My parents wanted me to eat Non-Vegetarian food as a child to get enough proteins. When I was a kid, they used to force-feed me meat and fish, but I threw up all the time. I am an adult now and can make my own decisions. They understand me better too. I compensate for the loss of proteins by eating soya beans and cottage cheese.

I'm not the kind of Vegetarian that looks down upon people who eat Non-Vegetarian food, and I am also not the kind who would cox people into believing that they should change their diet. I have nothing against people who enjoy eating meat or fish.

If you plan on being a Vegetarian, make an informed decision.

Veganism is broader than Vegetarians. While Veganism is a lifestyle itself, Vegetarians are restricted to food options only.

Vegetarians consume milk, while Vegans prefer alternatives. Veganism is sometimes unachievable or extreme, while Vegetarians require no 'special' products or alternatives.

A vegetarian meal is not a completely plant-based diet as they portray on media. Dairy, mushrooms, grains are included too. It is neither as weird as shown on the media.

If you plan on being a Vegetarian, please don't fool yourself by eating 'pretend' or 'fake' meat. You will only make your journey harder. The smarter way would be looking for Vegetarian meal options, and I promise you, there are plenty.

(You can learn about the Science of why should one not indulge in a Non-Vegetarian meal here(tw) and Why is it Ethically Wrong here in English on YouTube.)

To each its own, really. You should do what suits you and your body. For example, my brother is medically advised to eat meat, so he does. I have no such requirement, so I don't.

Don't listen to anybody. Ask your body what she needs and give her what is required. You can meet your local dietician too.

Always remember, your meals are none of my business, and neither it should be anyone's business but only your own.

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Thanks for doing your part in saving the planet and also not killing animals. While you may not have become a millionaire by suing them, you will surely become one because of all the good deeds you are doing!

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2 years ago

thank you, that's really kind. I never thought it this way :)

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2 years ago

you are Indian, don't you believe in karma? :)

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2 years ago

I do. Are you an Indian too?

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2 years ago

Let’s keep you guessing :)

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2 years ago

You are from California are you not? But I'm not sure why have you created a community for Indians on read.cash.

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2 years ago

Why do you think I’m from California? This is getting fun!

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2 years ago

but first, you have to tell me if it's correct or not :p

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2 years ago

Not here though. Ping me somewhere else if you want to continue.

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2 years ago

Unfortunately, I am on no sm atm because of exams. I am on noise though, same name :)

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2 years ago

Being a vegetarian takes more disciplines

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2 years ago

it's a lifestyle :)

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2 years ago

I agree 100%

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2 years ago

You're quite amazing, I like vegetarian people because if everyone became vegetarian, no one's need to take the life of animals.

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2 years ago

that's so kind :)

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2 years ago

Of the joys of cooking Indian cuisine for me is the vast array of vegetarian meals. I remember in Spain, I hosted a dinner party and knew that one of the girls was a vegetarian. So I cooked four dishes that were vegetarian. AS she was Spanish and they don't really understand why somebody would not eat meat or fish, she had brought her own meal, and was amazed that I cooked specially for her. But the four dishes were for everyone!

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2 years ago

That's really sweet :') You're so considerate :)! This comment just made my day 💖

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2 years ago

aww thank you, but I am sure you would do the same :)

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2 years ago

Once I was walking on the road, minding my own business, some threw a chicken's head on my feet.

Now i cannot stop my head from replaying this scene over and over.

Oh yeah you could have been a millionaire! The hassle though, right? And yes it was an honest mistake hehe.. and a lawsuit for that much could also damage not just the business ..

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2 years ago

aw, I'm sorry if it was graphic.

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2 years ago

You have a broad understanding for not filing, and it was an honest mistake and they do apologize to you for thier mistakes

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2 years ago

it would be a tedious process too lol

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2 years ago

I can imagine how that circumstance may have caused you some undue stress. I certainly respect anyone's religious beliefs, and anyone's choice to be a vegetarian. Although it does defy science. We are omnivores. That's what's humans are. But human's are also able to make choices for themselves as to what they choose to eat, and what they choose to be.

So, in this matter, science is not the issue. Personal choice or religious beliefs are.

I do think in this case it was probably an honest mistake and not in any way intentional, which of course you did allude to in your article. And I applaud you, actually, for acknowledging that and not taking the establishment through the wringer for it.

When it comes to food in general, there needs to be very strict protocols for a variety of reasons. And I know in the U.S. for sure there are VERY strict protocols. For example, some people can suffer severe reactions to nuts, and so there are all sorts of checks and balances to either let people know a product MAY CONTAIN nuts, or have been prepared on equipment where nuts may have also been processed. We have considerations for people with diabetes, making sure to have strict protocols in place to ensure a regular Coke doesn't wind up in a pack of Diet Coke in case the user happens to also be blind.

That being said, I suspect that for vegetarians it can be rather difficult, because so many foods that one might think are vegetarian are not, and a lot of the time those things are not known to the consumer. Even something as simple as a cookie may contain animal fats, and that will not show in the ingredient list exactly as one thinks it might. Even something as simple as Jello is made from animal bone marrow.

Either way, sorry you did not get your pizza. And too bad you aren't a millionaire. :)

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2 years ago

You should watch the video I've attached, It would be too much to type and a repetition too. A very large atheist population really see the science aspect of it, including my ex. But I'm sure you can find other videos or articles too. An easier way would be to contact your dietician.

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2 years ago

Most reputable dieticians would tell you it is not healthy, which is why they will also recommend several supplements to provide the nutrients one needs but does not get when they do not eat meat.

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2 years ago

Here, there isn't a culture of vegetarianism or veganism. Just a few eating places offer that option. My son a year ago wanted to be a vegetarian and in the end, gave up the idea.

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2 years ago

I believe it very difficult to become a Vegetarian outside India than inside. Here, there's a large support system.

But it is not completely unattainable as well. There are Vegetarian Indians living outside India. However, we can say that it's easier for them since they're Vegetarian since birth.

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2 years ago

Yes we should respect every individual their wants. It's their life and we don't have a right to enter their life. Respect to each other.

There is a one friend of mine who is a vegetarian too and we respect to her.

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2 years ago

that's great :)! Where are you from? It's so strange to find Vegetarians outside.

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2 years ago

I came from Philippines Stea..

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2 years ago

I wonder how difficult it is for your friend :/

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2 years ago

As a Vegetarian (by culture) all my life, I could see how offensive that he threw chicken at you and also the restaurant that served you Non-veg, I mean, who tf packs veg and non-veg in same box??? who packs two pizzas in same box to start with??.. you are so kind to let that go.. :))

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2 years ago

Yea, it was too dramatic for me, both incidents. I wish people were more sensitive toward these matters. Thank you :)

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2 years ago

It's okay as long as it's an honest mistake

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2 years ago

We can agree on that :)

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2 years ago

Everyone have his/her own choices so others should respect their feelings. I am sad to hear the way they sent you the food against what you ordered, and also the incident happened to you on the road.People should behave wisely.

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2 years ago

I wish people were more sensitive :/

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2 years ago

I'm very thankful that you did not file a lawsuit and become a millionaire overnight. If that had happened, you would have gone off read.cash and left a big void!!

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2 years ago

awww, that's so sweet :')

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2 years ago

Oh why didn't you file a suit as well? Haha. But then you accepted the free food anyway so that's that. XD I never knew that veganism is serious there in India. More vegans should be happy living there then.

Here it is not so widespread yet afaik but there are some restaurants offering food for vegetarians. For sure it's much harder to be a vegan/vegetarian here.

The food preference really is something we can't impose on others. Like me I don't like eating any animal innards. There is even a pig's blood stew viand/meal here that a lot of people like to eat. I cannot. 😅

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2 years ago

I would rather not have free Pizzas :)!

Veganism is different that Vegetarians. We have a large Vegetarian population.

Yea, I read about blood soup and Balut. We can call them cultural difference :)

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2 years ago

I agree with you that we should respect others of what they've eaten, I think its not our responsibility to mind their business especially of their lifestyle.

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2 years ago

that is exactly what I've written :)

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2 years ago

Yeah exactly! I find it interesting when it is about indian culture really😍 Thanks for this stea it gives me some idea about the vegan and vegetarian😁

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2 years ago

I'm amazed that there are people who are vegetarians, but others think they're just stagey or pickey because they're vegetarians and don't like meat, but for me. You need to respect the wants of others, and there is nothing wrong with being a vegetarian. .

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2 years ago

There's nothing wrong as being a Vegetarian as well as Non Vegetarian :)

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2 years ago

I just wonder non-vegetarian and vegetarian foods are they have the price? or one of them are pricey? I am sorry just curious.

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2 years ago

Non vegetarian food can be typically higher by price of 75 cents or a few bucks.

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2 years ago

I thought vegetarian.

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2 years ago

hahaha no. Veg is cheaper lol

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2 years ago

As I read again being vegetarian is easy. It needs more determination and being passionate to stand waht you believe for. I salute you <3

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2 years ago

You can watch the videos na. I hope it helps :)

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2 years ago

So there's a difference between vegan and vegetarian. I thought they're just the same, vegan short for vegetarian. Now i know..

Never knew India has the largest population of vegetarian.

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2 years ago

Yes, there's a large difference. Veganism is almost impossible to attend.

Yes, we do have the largest population of Vegetarians :)!

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2 years ago

Good thing there is a law for vegetarians. I wonder why you didn't press charges against the resto.

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2 years ago

Hey dear! We are two different opposing persons in terms of our likes and dislikes as well. Do you know that just as you love eating vegetables, I hate it and prefer more of the meat and fishes and even eggs you don't eat at all hahahahahaha... Such is life my dear, full of miseries

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2 years ago

Do you get tempted when you see steak or grilled meat? Just wondering

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2 years ago

I'm most tempted to run away hahaha.

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2 years ago