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The waitress says people with indigestion shouldn’t eat out

When TikToker @eatglutenfreewithme, who runs a channel about living with Celiac Disease, Crohn’s Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome, recorded her ordering at a restaurant to show her viewers what it was like she didn’t expect being thrashed by the waiters daring to go to a restaurant with a disability – but that’s exactly what happened.

@eatglutenfreewithme For those wondering, I recorded this because I wanted to show how I order food at restaurants and that’s what happened. #fyp #celiac disease #celiac disease #celiac disease #autoimmune disease ♬ So crazy rn – Mimi

The purpose of her video was to demonstrate the special ways she needs to ask for changes to menu items to make sure they’re something her body can actually digest. Something that is admittedly inconvenient for both them and the restaurant staff, but also something that any business should be prepared to do to accommodate customers with chronic illnesses.

However, the waitress, who has already been informed of the conditions of the TikToker, responds to her request for a replacement with: “You are allergic to other things too?”

While @eatglutenfreewithme politely explained that no, she just has a “very specific stomach” – referring to her irritable bowel syndrome and Crohn’s disease, disorders that can be triggered by even small amounts of a wide variety of foods – the waitress pressed on the topic.

The waitress claims her mother-in-law “goes to restaurants with a spreadsheet.” She continues, “I hate you, please stop this,” towards her mother-in-law’s specific pleas. The waitress then jokes that the TikTokers shouldn’t eat at restaurants. Unpleasant laughter can be heard in the background before the recording ends.

“Waiter please don’t make jokes like this,” she wrote in the video’s text overlay.

The TikToker clarified in her pinned comments that she had also called ahead of time to ask the restaurant if they could accommodate her and they said they could. She noted there was more to the conversation that she didn’t include in the video, but still said “her behavior was inappropriate.”

To clarify, the waitress was already aware that I have celiac disease + IBS I just didn't get it on admission! (2) I called the restaurant in advance to make sure they could accommodate me. They said they could.

@eatglutenfreewithme/tiktok

Some viewers thought the waitress was joking around trying to be understandable.

“I think she was just trying to identify with you lol,” one user suggested.

“Oh. I think she tried to be relatable but failed. I too suffer from mouth-to-mouth disease,” argued another.

aww I think she tried to be relatable but failed. I also suffer from foot-to-mouth disease.

@eatglutenfreewithme/tiktok

However, others were not convinced.

“No, she knew what she was doing. Rude, all you have to do is take the order and mind your business, argued one viewer.

Oh my god seriously! I already feel bad asking her to be careful. This one restaurant posted and said if you have celiac disease don't come. . . .

liana/tiktok

Several current and former servers chimed in to argue that despite their intent, their comments were completely inappropriate.

“I was a server for ten years and I have celiac disease. If I ever heard a waiter say that I’d lose my shit it’s so disrespectful,” said one viewer.

Jesus, that was mean! As a server, I would never say or even think that

liana/tiktok

On behalf of servers everywhere, no one should behave like this towards a guest. We get custom orders all the time, but this server was way out of line

Lia Dodge/tiktok

Due to the gluten-free fad of recent years, in which people with no health conditions that preclude eating gluten have decided to eliminate gluten from their diets, many people, including restaurants, do not take gluten-free food requests or claims of gluten intolerance seriously. The TikToker notes this in another video.

@eatglutenfreewithme I came unprepared and it bit my ass 🙂 #fyp #celiac #celiac #autoimmunedisease ♬ The World At Large – Modest Mouse

For people with celiac disease, an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks the tissues of the small intestine when exposed to gluten, even ingesting small amounts of gluten can be very dangerous. Short-term symptoms of gluten exposure include stomach pain and discomfort, while long-term consequences include malnutrition and nerve damage.

@eatglutenfreewithme Every time I get cross-contaminated it takes me a few months to dare to go out again. #celiac disease #celiac disease #celiac disease #celiac disease #celiac disease ♬ Original sound – Jack Sparrow Fanpage

The Daily Dot reached out to @eatglutenfreewithme for comment.


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*Initial publication: May 30, 2022 12:58 pm CDT

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