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A Vegan's Mom Made Meat Sauce. It Didn't Go Over Well

Daughter accused of threatening to stab mother over meaty meal
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2018 8:00 AM CDT
No one was forcing her to actually eat the sauce.   (Getty Images/IngaNielsen)

(Newser) – Kids sometimes don't like the food their parents make, but a) this woman's picky-eater daughter is 48 years old, and b) most kids don't threaten to knife their parents over what's cooking. The New York Post reports on a story out of Italy, where local media notes a daughter has been fined more than $1,100 for warning her mother she was in for it if she didn't stop making her Bolognese sauce. The "newly unemployed" daughter had recently moved into her mother's apartment, per the Telegraph, and the daughter told court officials that before she became roommates with her mom, she did whatever she could to stay away from "sensory" and "olfactory contact" with any type of animal product.

Which is why a pot of meat sauce cooking on the stove one day in March 2016 apparently enraged her, to the point that she is said to have threatened her mom, kitchen knife in hand: "If you won't stop on your own, then I'll make you stop. Quit making ragu, or I'll stab you in the stomach." Lawyers tell a local paper that there'd been "an escalation of aggressive episodes, always over food" between the two. A judge in Modena ruled that the daughter must pay a $520 court fine for her threat, as well as $650 to her 69-year-old mother. (A horrific stabbing at a kindergarten in China.)

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