Do you trust fast food restaurants or sit down restaurants when it comes to keeping meat items away from your food? I’ve had quite a few bad experiences where I’m starting to not trust anyone else with my food.
I went out for dinner a little while ago and I ordered a pita with hummus and veggies. I watched the person make the order, exactly what he put on the sandwich and I found a piece of meat in my pita! I couldn’t believe it. After a few experiences like this, I have a really hard time trusting restaurants; they don’t care that you don’t eat meat so they’re not going to take the same precautions that you would.
Which honestly scares me a little; how can you trust restaurants or companies to make products with the same precautions that you would take? How do you really know that you’re not getting tricked into eating something that has animal products or have been in contact with them?
I’ve noticed at Subway, the sandwich makers adding meat to the previous customer’s sub, use the same meat gloves to add ingredients to the next sub! Although some employees do change their gloves without having to ask, if you don’t realize what they’re doing you could be eating something questionable. The same thing is true if you eat pizza – I’ve found pieces of meat in “vegetarian” pizzas before. Plus, I doubt that many restaurants require employees to wash their hands between making meat and veggie pizzas.
Fast good restaurants really scare me though; the workers there are making minimum wage and most likely don’t care about the fact that you don’t want to cross contaminate whatever you ordered. At least at more established restaurants you can request from the chef and they may be more flexible for you.
It’s definitely hard to think about stuff like this when, especially for me, I don’t live near vegan/vegetarian-friendly restaurants and have to put the little trust I do have in someone else.
It has certainly encouraged me to think twice about ordering fast food and just sucking it up and making my own food! (At least I know what’s going into that food!)