An Oregon doughnut shop is hiring—just not any vegans or vegetarians. A job ad for Pip's Original Doughnuts in Portland describes the ideal candidate as someone with "a friendly, outgoing personality," but "no non-medical, non-religious dietary restrictions" that "would stop you from tasting, accurately representing our treats, and maintaining quality control." Given that PETA recently named Portland as America's "most vegan-friendly city," the ad is not going over well, reports Oregon Live. "Won't return now that I know you discriminate against vegetarians," one customer writes on the bake shop's Facebook page. But co-owner Nate Snell isn't budging. "After receiving as much hate email as we have in the last two days, I'm more steadfast and sure of our position than ever," he writes.
Snell says employees are required to taste shop items that contain bacon, gluten, soy, dairy, and nuts. Those unable to do so "would place an undue burden on our ability to maintain the quality of our food and the health of our customers and employees." The ad is perfectly legal since dietary preference isn't protected under employment laws, reports KGW. But "it's really heartbreaking that we live in a society where people feel like they have to use intimidation and fear in order to force their own personal viewpoints on others," a Pip's post reads, per Willamette Week. Snell suggests vegans and vegetarians apply and "suggest some workarounds." Otherwise, they could try Los Angeles' new Donut Farm, which makes 15 varieties of vegan doughnuts, per the Los Angeles Times. (These vegan restaurateurs received death threats.)