Some people are vegetarians for the environment, some for the animals, some because meat grosses them out. Either way, dietary preferences should be respected.
And, they shouldn’t be thrown at someone’s face.
Redditor Ok-Pressure-7458 encountered this very issue with her friend. So she turned to the “Am I The A**hole” (AITA) subReddit for moral judgment.
“AITA for being a ‘sensitive vegetarian?'”
The Original Poster (OP) explained:
“So, I (20F) went out to eat lunch with a few of my friends (20F, 20M, and 21M).”
“I am a vegetarian and they all eat meat which I am absolutely fine with, and I eat eggs as well. Now in all honesty, meat (or rather the idea of eating meat) grosses me out.”
“I was raised vegetarian and still am even though I have the choice not to be, because my family gets grossed out by it and so do I, so I’ve never had any desire to have anything to do with meat.”
“However, I also grew up around a lot of meat eating friends, which was perfectly fine with all of us, to each their own. Plus I have a dog and we give her regular dog food.”
OP explained the main issue.
“Now one of my friends does this thing where he likes to start ‘mini food fights’ where he essentially tears off a bit of whatever he’s eating and starts throwing it at people.”
“Today he was eating a chicken sandwich and thought it would be funny to start throwing it around again and I asked him repeatedly not to, as I didn’t want any to get on me. I have no issues with being in such close proximity with meat, as long as it’s going into their mouths and not mine!”
“He scoffed and said I needed to lighten up and then immediately threw a piece at my face, which hit my mouth and fell into my lap. It was wet and had some kind of meat sauce on it.”
OP was not happy.
“I freaked out and blew up at him and nearly started crying, because it was so gross.”
“Not trying to offend anyone here, again I have zero problems with people eating meat, but let’s be real, it’s a dead animal. My rules for meat are I don’t want it touching me, I don’t want to serve it to people (for religious reasons, it’s sort of like ‘encouraging’ people to eat meat idrk) and I don’t want it eaten under my roof.”
“He knew about the first one especially as I’ve already told him before not to do this.”
“So after I blew up I went home and scrubbed and scrubbed but I couldn’t get the taste or the smell off and I was really pissed, just fuming. Ten minutes later I get a call from my other friend and she says I overreacted.”
“Am I the a**hole?”
Redditors gave their opinions on the situation by declaring:
- NTA – Not The A**hole
- YTA – You’re The A**hole
- NAH – No A**holes Here
- ESH – Everyone Sucks Here
Most Redditors agreed OP was not the a**hole.
“NTA. He was being an absolute jerk. You probably were a little on the sensitive side, but you had strong provocation.”
“Take the vegetarian aspect out. Imagine you just really loathe okra and your friend is eating it and thinks it would be funny to throw some at you. That’s childish and a**holish.”
“Anyone older than 6 who thinks a food fight is funny is an AH. It’s gross and makes a mess that other people have to clean up.”