An anonymous cabin crew member has revealed how she caught a “fake vegetarian” with “malicious complacency”.
The Brit took to Reddit to share how she dealt with a lying passenger who claimed to be vegetarian to get the meal she wanted, when he was already exhausted.
A casual tone and an empty packet of bacon-flavored chips near the passenger seat led the flight attendant to believe he was faking dietary requirements.
When the flight attendant realized the vegetarian meals were sold out, she took revenge by making a bland salad with top-notch ingredients. As she presented the “first class” meal to the passenger, her face fell. He quickly abandoned the charade and requested the chicken meal.
Since sharing the jobHundreds of people flocked to the comments section to share their thoughts on the situation, and many are divided.
A flight attendant revealed how she took revenge on a passenger who pretended to be vegetarian to get a better meal (stock image)
In the post titled: ‘Fake vegetarian in flight’, the flight attendant explained: ‘Okay, just for starters. I am a member of the cabin crew (Flight Attendant). I’ve been doing it for over 10 years.
“Any issues that arise during my work day, I will go out of my way to meet people’s needs if I can.
“However, there are unfortunately a handful of dishonest people who try to get what they want.
“Fake injuries to try to get an upgrade, fake birthdays, whatever, people have tried it and believe me I’ve had plenty of scenarios where people tried to cheat the system because it made them feeling special or because they had one. made me better, I guess?
“Let me tell you about a fake vegetarian I had on board… He was flying economy (coach) class 2nd from the last row. He wanted the pasta option.
“I apologized and told him that due to popular demand we had run out to the middle of the cabin but had the chicken option instead if he wanted it.
“Without hesitation, he said, ‘I’m a vegetarian.’ Last time they brought me a business class meal, so I’ll wait for that.”
“Now, this is something I would have offered anyway as a courtesy (if available), as I’m not much of an advertising person and I really like to help people, if I can. (After all, it’s a 747, not a 7-Eleven, as they say).
“Anyway, the way he expected it from the start, before I could even come up with a solution, left a slight bitter taste in my mouth.
“And also I smelled a rat. I was 99% sure I picked up an empty packet of smoked bacon chips from him earlier, and no, it wasn’t a vegetarian brand because I get the same ones from time to time.
“I was sure he was picky and wanted a better quality meal. (Also, any regular traveler would know how often we run out of a vegetarian option and pre-order a vegetarian meal).
‘I said, “It’s a shame you didn’t pre-order a vegetarian meal, I’ll see what I can do for you, just give me 5 minutes to finish here.”
“Anyway, I went up to business class. They had also lacked a vegetarian option. So I went to first class and asked if they could spare us anything.
“We ended up putting together a few leaves with a little vinaigrette. (They spend £1,000 more there and can dine at any time, so they didn’t want me to take one of the hot veg options in case someone wanted it later. Fair enough).
“Then I thought…I could probably have some fun with this fake vegetarian.” Report malicious compliance.
“I brought it back on a silver tray and held it above his eyes so he couldn’t see what it was.
“I explained that unfortunately the vegetarian option in business class was sold out, then he went to interrupt me so he could complain, but I raised my hand and said ‘However, I managed to go further and I had the last vegetarian “FIRST CLASS meal.”
“Then I took the cloth off the top of the tray and placed the salad in front of it. (It was really a very basic salad but large and his face said it all.)
“His face went from smug, ‘Haha, I worked on the system’ to ‘What is this?!’ in 2/3 seconds flat.
“He then said, ‘I wanted something hot, I’ll just have the chicken then.’ I put on a shocked face and said, ‘I can’t give you that sir, I would feel very wrong.”
“He replied: ‘Don’t worry, everything is fine.’ I gave him a look, “Are you sure you’re vegetarian?” and I brought the chicken back, after which it sat a little longer drying in the oven. Enjoy your food.’
The cabin crew member concluded: “Just to say that even if he was a true vegetarian he should have pre-ordered. The same goes for gluten-free, vegan, children’s, diabetic, etc. meals.
Hundreds of Reddit users took to the comments section to share their thoughts on the Flight Attendant’s Revenge.
One supported the woman’s decision and said: “I love it! I’m vegetarian and always pre-order. And even with pre-ordering, some flights lack vegetarian options. Sigh. I’ve never been offered anything other than a bag of chips as a “sorry.”
You are a great cabin crew member for doing this for the vegetarians! And I loved this malicious complacency!
A third wrote: “This is more than just malicious compliance. This is malicious beyond belief, lol.
Another joked and said: “I’d call it chicken karma.” »
However, some were on the passenger side with writing: “I’m not vegetarian, but that doesn’t mean I eat meat at every meal.”
“And airline chicken is just… gross.” I wonder why they don’t make it a point to offer more pasta dishes without pre-ordering? It seems easier and a lot cheaper too.