Taking responsibility for yourself is a strange and threatening concept for young people raised by helicopter parents desperate to gain the approval of their children. The idea that you have to care for yourself and take responsibility for the choices you make as a free and independent adult can come as a shock for those familiar only with being infantilised.

Smith and Daughters¬†have a sign on their entrance door that reads ‘your allergy is your responsibility’, which is presumably required due the number of anxiety attacks¬†their sensitive snowflake customers complain about when they encounter a crumb of gluten.

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  • 16 April 2017 at 12:56 pm

    This is indeed a good sign. I can understand an establishment making it clear that customers need to advise them of allergies: businesses cannot be expected to automatically (or psychically) cater for everyone.

    It’s also the customers’ responsibility to be clear whether they have an allergy or a preference (ie. coeliac disease -v- choosing gluten free because you feel better without gluten).

    I think this is the point you’re making … but, by my reading, you seem to imply that allergies are a choice (?) – though I’m sure you know they aren’t.

    A ‘preference’ is not a business’s job to cater to, it is a personal choice. And in the case of allergies, a person must make the decision whether they’re willing to trust others to make food that will not trigger a serious allergic reaction. Both of these situations are not the responsibility of any food business, but a personal responsibility.

    More businesses should put up this sign.

    • 16 April 2017 at 3:00 pm

      I see in this sign the convergence of a number of social phenomena. Smith and Daughters attracts a young, millennial clientele, a generation known for its fragile narcissism and insipid lack of self esteem. Overlap that with the trend for eating diets that are not medically required (such as more people eaten gluten free than are coeliac or seriously intolerant). I hypothesise they get more trivial complaints about gluten in breadcrumbs than they do serious allergy issues with nuts, for example.

  • 22 April 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Oh I dunno if it’s all about millennial whinging. I recently made vegan sausage rolls for a friends birthday (she’s the vegan) and this 45yo came up to me asking if there’s nuts in them “Yeah, cashews” “OK, I gotta go… and call an ambulance”. I felt bad although if you’re anaphylactic you should be asking, and you should also be carrying adrenaline. But yeah, stupid Gen X-ers ;)


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