When people decide to be vegetarian it can be for a few different reasons. They may be doing it because of their religion. They may not like the taste of meat. They may be against eating animals for animal rights. Whatever the reason is, they stay as far away from meat as possible. Roshni Barot had lived her whole life as a vegetarian. She grew up in a home where no one ate meat for religious reasons.
One day while on a shopping trip with a friend, she stopped into Nando’s (a fast food restaurant) for lunch. They offer vegetarian options which she frequently enjoyed. She ordered the grilled halloumi pitta. When her food was ready she put some peri peri sauce on it, put some salad in the pitta, and began eating. She was almost all the way through the sandwich before she realized that something was not right. She looked at the halloumi and noticed that it did not look like it normally did and recalled that it did not taste quite the same either. It was then that she realized that she was eating chicken. Barot said she just sat and cried. She was in shock and very distressed. She said that she could feel the chicken sitting in her stomach and that she didn’t even feel like her body was her own anymore.
The manager apologized profusely and offered up vouchers for free meals but she strongly declined the offer.
Growing up in a strictly vegetarian home and being that way all of her life made her feel as though that was a large part of her identity. She was even so upset about all of this that when she got home she tried to make herself sick to get rid of the chicken in her system and cried all night. Barot says that there is nothing that Nando’s can do to make this up to her and that she feels as though 28 years of her life have been taken away from her because of their mistake.