This Portland Doughnut Shop Owner Is Getting Crucified For Discriminating Against Vegans In The Hiring Process
KCEN- At Pip's Original Doughnuts & Chai in Northeast Portland, owner Nate Snell is hiring.
“I want people who are passionate about what they sell,” said Snell. “If you can't eat it, how can you be passionate about it?”
So in the posting, Snell specified no “non-medical, non-religious dietary restrictions” that would stop employees from tasting the product and describing it to customers.
“If the employee was to say something like ‘well, I don't eat meat or I don't eat gluten, or I don't eat nuts or dairy,’ any one of those things would preclude them from being able to give you an honest answer of what that tastes like or how good it is,” said Snell.
The job listing caught fire, not for its $12 to $13 starting wage or the extra $30 per paycheck for employees to donate to charity. People on social media were posting that Pip's discriminates against vegans. In reviews and posts left on the Pip's Facebook page the backlash was immediate.
NO! Say it ain't so Pip's, say it ain't so! Discriminatory hiring practices? How could you?!?! Expecting your employees that will be required to spend the entirety of their shift happily working with doughnuts and other pastries to actually enjoy doughnuts and other pastries? Demanding that your workers have at least the most basic of knowledge about what they are expected to sell? What year is it? Has a bakery's interview process set us back to the days of segregation by treating self-important buzzkills with minimalistic diets differently than normal people with the occasional sweet tooth? Let me guess, they are expected to wash the gluten-free option down with the dirty hydration from the 'Vegan Only' water fountain out in the back alley too?
In all seriousness though, Nate Snell is being kind of prejudice here. The problem here is that the wrong people are feeling marginalized. You see, he's not being prejudice against your average, run-of-the-mill vegan. He's prejudice against masochistic vegans that want to spend all day working amongst the intoxicating aroma of a doughnut shop without allowing themselves to satisfy that craving free of charge. Personally, I don't blame him. It's take a real wildcard to subject themselves to that kind of torture. I don't know who fits the description as the type to absolutely lose it on a customer or become an insufferable asshole, but I would imagine the person that intentionally exposes themselves to the most appetite inducing of smells without the ability to gratify it would be at high risk. God forbid the happy-go-lucky owner of a Portland doughnut shop jeopardized .000001% of the population's ability to earn a minimum wage paycheck at his place of business by preemptively making sure his staff is free of salad obsessed self-harmers.
P.S. As far as small time gigs go, Pip's seems like an absolute blast to work at. Enjoy your nuts and berries losers...