A vegan woman visiting a cafe was left bemused after a waitress served her oat milk in a jug with udders.
Jane Thurnell-Read had ordered a coffee and asked for the dairy alternative, but ended up being given a cow-themed glass.
She took to her social media to express her surprise, writing: Having coffee with a friend, my oat milk came in this jug! Waitress oblivious!
But not everyone was supportive of Janes post.
Some vegans even ended up berating her for it – with one saying: Kicking off about sh*t like this is why people hate us.
Another person said: Chill its just a jug at least they had oat milk!.
A former waitress wrote: The waitress probably has better things to worry about than whether your milk jug looks like boobs, like waiting all the tables…the kitchen hurrying her…getting everyones drinks…working 11 hour shifts…having to deal with complaints and never getting a tip.
I am a celiac and vegan….have been waitressing for 10 years or so and never known anyone to be a dick.
However, there were some supportive comments.
One person even thought the cafe had given Jane the jug on purpose.
They said: I work in hospitality and in every single place I have worked, they would do this thinking they were funny.
Most hospitality places ridicule vegans and see us as a nuisance, even if, and especially if they cater for us.
Jane had gone for coffee with a friend at Saras Petite Cuisine in Topsham, Devon, when she was handed the jug.
Her post kicked off a massive debate about whether the jug was insensitive or whether it would actually help non-vegans to think about where their milk comes from – with the udders on the jug being a constant reminder.
Jane says that despite the debate, she wasnt outraged when she made the post – just amused.
She said: I dont think they were taking the piss (do people really have the time to specially buy a milk jug to upset vegans?)
I think it was done unthinkingly. No cows were harmed in the production of the jug and maybe it will make someone who gets their cows milk in it think about the origins of it.
Saras Petite Cuisine was founded by cake designer and pastry chef Sara Felix in 2017 and is already one of Topshams most popular cafes.
She said no-one had complained about their vegan milk being served in an udder jug, adding: I didnt know about it.