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This Cafe Asks for a Doctor’s Note for Anyone Ordering Gluten-Free Food

17:02Ciaran McCormick

The White Moose Cafe in Dublin has taken a new perspective on the gluten-free trend by abusing people that claim to be gluten-intolerant. Owner Paul Stenson posted a Facebook update on the cafe’s popular page saying that their customers will be asked for a doctor’s note when they ask for gluten-free food.

He argues that people that can’t spell the medical condition coeliacs disease or even know what it is have no right to ask for it. He has a point, because a lot of people that have no real condition are ditching gluten, wheat and other foodstuffs that sound evil. They are blindly following the pseudo-nutritionism of popular foodies with no dietetics qualifications.


The post reads:

**DOCTOR’S NOTE REQUIRED TO GET GLUTEN-FREE FOOD**
This morning a girl asked us if we did gluten-free pancakes and when we asked her if she was a coeliac, she didn’t even know what the word meant and then proceeded to order regular, gluten-rich pancakes anyway. From now on, guests who demand gluten-free food are required to produce a doctor’s note which states that you suffer from coeliac disease. Guests following a gluten-free fad, who don’t even know what gluten is, can cop the fuck on and eat regular food like everybody else.

Whilst it does seem a little extreme, the man is a genius running a successful business. The brand of the White Moose Cafe is entirely based on being no-nonsense, controversial and sweary. He genuinely cares about coeliacs and reviews have pointed out they were well looked after. However, the cafe has a history of posting demands of his diners that have divided the internet.

They asked vegans to give 24 hours notice before coming to the cafe to cater for their ‘'idiosyncratic dietary requirements'. The vitriolic backlash inspired him to ban vegans entirely. This point is a little less progressive than his highlighting the pointlessness of the gluten-free fad, but it fits in with the controversial nature of the cafe.



He has previously charged mothers a corkage fee to breastfeed younger diners, because they choose not to use the cafe’s milk. This is not your usual protest against mothers using their sexualised bodies for their natural purpose. Instead, he used the platform of media attention from the purpose to defend it. He posted photos of a mother breastfeeding and captioned it as a beautiful and natural thing.

So while the White Moose Cafe has some problematic positions, it is using its jokes to make some genuine points. I don’t agree with all of them but I can see the funny side and as long as it promotes greater awareness of the genuine coeliac condition, then it is a good thing.



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