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was browsing another board, where a poster had written a post complaining about the hassles of being vegan. They had recently gone to Las Vegas, and had been
relegated to eating lettuce, since the $2.95 buffets didn't provide many vegan options. This was apparently taken as a personal affront by the poster, who came
across as sounding very self-centered and bratty.... "How DARE they not think of MY needs!".

I'm afraid I agree with the poster. Part of the Las Vegas draw, the mystique, are these large all you can eat buffets. So, if *I* was to got here, I would be losing out on my expectations(fed by the Vegas promotions/advertisements) if there was nothing I could eat. Wahts more, if I called the place I was going in advance and told them of my needs, to be assured that I would be able to eat there, and than discover that there were 2 dishes on a buffet of 100 that I could eat(the typical token dishes around here are hummus and salad) I would be understandably annoyed.

Let's face it, if you go to a hotel, the staffs job IS to cater to your needs. Now, they may decide that catering to vegans is not cost effective, in which case their front desk staff must be aware of this so as not to assure a vegan that their needs will be met. (The same would be true if someone who kept kosher had called and was assured there would be something, and was reduced to eating lettuce and raw veggies).

When I go out to a restaurant, I grill the staff on available dishes. To meat eaters, this seems to be 'making a big deal' out of it. The most commong comment being "Why are you asking whats in the cream of brocolli soup!?" Which, 9 times out of 10, has chicken broth in it - and most waitresses don't know.

I find no problem with being pushy, I am paying for a meal, I have a right to make sure the meal matches my expectations. I don't expect a restaurant to cater to my needs, I expect a restaurant to either provide food I can eat(and thus will pay for) or not(and thus I don't eat there).
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