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Is it hypocritical to work selling animal products as a vegan?

Discussion in 'Philosophy' started by Ree92, Dec 3, 2018.

  1. Ree92

    Ree92 Member

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    It's the only employment I can find. I believe that the evil lies at buying animal products. If I was not doing the selling someone else would take the job anyways so I might as well. I wounder if it depends however, if it's just processing the orders like for example; a cashier then it's fine, but if its convincing people to buy the animal products like for example; a waiter then it would be at least slightly hypocritical. Tell me what you think, I wont take offence.
     
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    I decided to go vegan when I was working as a server at THE most non-vegan restaurant ever in existence. Their most popular dish was/is the rack of lamb. It ended up that I got hurt at work and took a worker's comp settlement and in doing that was forced to resign. Blessing in disguise. As if that wasn't bad enough - having to serve up this "food" with a smile, answer questions like "which is better, the chicken or the ribs?" (I hadn't eaten a land animal in 27 years) -- there were a myriad of other reasons why I hated working there (alcoholic wife of the owner always coming in and causing drama being one of the largest annoyances). One of the servers used to go on and on at how "beautiful" the plates looked. All I could see was dead animals. It was really depressing, but I didn't have a choice. I *did* manage to convince the owner to put a tofu dish on the menu, but he really didn't market it properly and the chef and the cooks bitched and bitched all the time about having to make it. It didn't sell so they got rid of it after a couple of months. ...I live in a tourist spot and one time a French couple came in and I overheard the woman asking her partner "Do you think we could get some horse me somewhere?" Ugh. I think sometimes people don't have a choice. I certainly wouldn't do it now, but there were no other options for me at the time. ...I work in IT now. SO much better.
     
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    So what did you do when they asked which is better?
     
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    Well I suck at lying so I just told them that I don't eat meat, but that people really like [...]. That was the best I could do, was tell them what other people liked or what was popular that evening or something along those lines. It was a little awkward, for sure, but I wasn't gonna lie. *shrug
     
  6. mavrick45
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    you cant be a champion for veganism if you're starving and living in a gutter

    it's all about what's practicable - I dont think anyone here will find you at fault
     
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    I have a friend who has been vegan for like six years who's working at a Taco Bell. She's a broke college student and you can veganize things there. However she does also have to make items with animal products. I got pretty lucky with a non food job that works with my class schedule since there's not exactly the demand for massage here that there is in a major city.
     

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