In 2016, less than 7 percent of the population actually suffers from a sensitivity to gluten, the mixture of proteins found in wheat, as well as grain products like oat, rye, and barley. Still, in recent years, it seems like every other item found at the grocery store boasts the phrase "gluten free,” transforming a serious medical condition like Celiac disease into just another health-food fad. Between 2010 and 2014, sales for these products saw a massive increase, rising from $11.5 billion to $23 billion, according to Time.
Well, one restaurant is fed up with all this gluten nonsense. Over the weekend, the White Moose Café in Dublin, Ireland posted a message on Facebook warning that all customers interested in a gluten-free meal will first need to produce a doctor's note.
Of course, immediate backlash ensued. In the comments, customers called the restaurant’s new policy “ignorant,” “upsetting,” and “intolerant.” The restaurant began responding to each and every post with an IDGAF attitude.
“You're upset? Hang on. My violin is around here somewhere,” the restaurant replied to one user. “Yeah well you look like an absolute dick,” it told another.
If anyone's feelings had been hurt over their comments, The White Moose Café offered a solution. On Monday, they shared a picture informing patrons that they could help themselves to the diner's first aid kit if they felt sore.
Paul Stenson, who works at the White Moose Café, told Mashable he completely understands if people are offended.
"A lot of them are very pissed off," he said, launching right into the restaurant's brand of humor. "But wouldn't you be if you were called out on being a superficial, fad-following imbecile?"