A vegan woman has apparently called the police after she was tricked into eating chicken nuggets when she was drunk by her non-vegan friends.
The anonymous woman shared her story on Reddit on Wednesday, asking posters on the AITA sub whether or not she’s in the wrong for wanting to press charges.
It all started when OP, who’s 24 and says she hasn’t eaten meat in a decade or so, got “white girl wasted” at a party. Before chowing down on the nuggets, she confirmed with her friends that they were vegan-friendly, to which they responded that they were. OP admitted that they tasted “off” to her but thought that was just because she was drunk.
The full post:
Throwaway for anonymity’s sake in case this does go further.
To preface this, I (24F) am vegan and have been for a good 10 years. I have not eaten meat since I was roughly 3-4 years old when I found out where meat comes from (spoiler alert: there were a lot of tears). This is no secret and everyone in my life knows and respects this – or so I thought.
Four nights ago, I was at a party and I will admit, I got a white girl wasted. My friends thought it would be funny to feed me chicken nuggets as a prank. I checked with them before chowing down “are this vegan?” To which my friends replied “yeah, they’re sun-fed” (a type of vegan chickenless chicken). They tasted off to me but I figured it was just because I was drunk. I was wrong.
I found out the next day when my sister sent me a message telling me to check my friend’s Snapchat story. The story was them showing the nugget packaging and then showing them giving them to me (including the conversation where I asked if it was vegan). And then later them mocking me and pretending to be me when I found out I ate meat (things like fake crying and yelling “the CHICKENS!!!”). I took a screen recording of the video and took it to the police, on the grounds of food tampering, and now 3 of my (ex) friends are facing charges.
They all think that I’m overreacting to a ‘harmless’ prank, so Reddit, AITA? In my view, they took advantage of my drunken state, tampered with my food, and publically humiliated me. In their view, it was just a prank. – veganthrowaway
She found out the truth the next morning when OP’s sister alerted her to her friends’ Snapchat stories which showed them showcasing the chicken nuggets packaging, giving them to OP, and even mocking her for her vegan beliefs after they tricked her into eating them.
While these people are certainly not friends and deserve to be cut out of her life for doing something so terrible (and extremely unfunny and immature) in the name of a “prank,” OP recorded the Snaps and took them to her local police station, where she’s attempting to press charges against her pals on the grounds of food tampering.
The three people allegedly facing charges think she’s overreacting, but OP feels vindicated in her decision, so who’s in the wrong here?
— Am I the Asshole? (@AITA_reddit) October 8, 2019
Within 24 hours, the post has received over 6,300 comments, with responders tending to fall into one of two camps.
On one side, you have the people who think OP is serving some serious and much-deserved justice by pursuing legal acts over the cruel and thoughtless act.
On the other side are commenters who think OP is taking things way too far since, while the prank was ill-conceived and inappropriate, it’s not worth ruining people’s lives over if they are found guilty.
Fucking with someone’s food can kill them.
In the OP’s case, veganism is a dietary choice, but what if it had been an allergy?
Being allergic to chicken meat is rare, but it IS a thing.
— 🌈🎃Penny 📖🦇 (@pennygotch) October 8, 2019
“I’m impressed and kinda think this is awesome,” one user wrote.
Another added: “As a chef, you never f*ck with someone food. Ever.”
It’s worth questioning whether or not what happened to OP actually counts as food tampering in the first place. A quick Google search defines the act as “intentional modification of products in a way that would make them harmful to the consumer,” which doesn’t really come into play here. Sure, she’s a vegan and prefers not to eat animal products, but she doesn’t have an allergy to chicken and the nuggets were served as they came and no harmful ingredients were added.
the thing that’s extremely my shit today is this vegan girl calling the cops on her friends for giving her chicken nuggets when she was blackouthttps://t.co/fmwepoA3Dn
— 👻 cassper, the rad ghost 👻 (@smittyrooo) October 8, 2019
There’s also the fact that despite OP’s righteous indignation, the police likely have far more important and serious cases to pursue rather than one featuring a vegan who was tricked into eating chicken nuggets. Again, this was no doubt a cruel thing to do and it was in no way right, but was it illegal?