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    Profile photo of sarrie

    Over a year ago

    I’m going to college during the summer semester, and one day I had time and was hungry so I decided to buy food. I already didn’t trust the cafeteria because I don’t trust certain places to know how to make food that’s actually vegan. I looked under their “vegetarian” section on the menu, and everything had cheese/mayonnaise or just didn’t seem good to me. At the bottom of the same section I saw “veggie dog” and it said it came with vegetables. I assumed it would be a meatless hotdog, and I asked the woman taking my order if it would be vegan if it came without cheese, she said yes. After I took a bite I realized that it was real meat, and I felt sick and very upset about what happened, because I feel like it’s my fault for trusting them to make actual vegan food. I really feel like it’s my fault and I feel like now I can’t say I’ve been vegan all this time when I accidentally ate some meat. I feel like my time being vegan has started over, and I can’t say I’ve been vegan this whole time or I’ll be a hypocrite. I’m just looking for some support since none of my friends are vegan or vegetarian, so they don’t understand how upsetting this is to me.

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  • Profile photo of ldow2000

    Over a year ago

    Sorry! That’s happened to me before. Don’t worry about it too much. It wasn’t your fault, and you’re still doing way more to help animals than anyone else there. You shouldn’t feel like you can’t say you’ve been vegan. Most people accidentally eat something every once in a while!

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  • Profile photo of LittleLotte

    Over a year ago

    Was it definitely real meat? I ask because I’ve had a similar experience where I’ve bought something vegan then been so sure it’s real meat, only to find out it’s just very realistic faux meat.

    If it was real meat, then it’s definitely not your fault and you should write a formal complaint – what if you had an allergy and they’d lied about the ingredients?!

    All vegans have little slip-ups, try not to worry about it. You can still call yourself vegan, you’re not a hypocrite.

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    • Profile photo of sarrie

      Over a year ago

      @LittleLotte yes, I’m pretty sure it was from the way it looked/tasted, and I also asked my mom -who eats meat- her opinion. I know they aren’t very careful about how they label their foods. I have sent them a complaint email, but they haven’t responded yet.

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      • Profile photo of LittleLotte

        Over a year ago

        Some faux meats can be really convincing that even regular meat eaters can’t tell the difference!

        I would re-send your letter but by post (getting proof of postage) as I’ve found that people seem to take letters more seriously than emails when it comes to complaints. And send it to several people to – head of services, principal etc. Ask that they acknowledge receipt of your letter.

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  • Profile photo of SaveTilikum

    Over a year ago

    I’m so sorry! That is terrible. I know what that feels like because some people I know have tricked me to eating meat. To me, you’d still be vegan this whole time because it’s not your fault. She lied to you. Don’t pull the blame on yourself. Keep staying vegan! 😀

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