A DINER with food intolerances was left furious when workers at a Mexican restaurant wrote “haha” next to her list of dietary requirements on her bill.
Food blogger Billie Hyde opted for a fillet seabass from the menu and requested the £9.95 dish contained no onions, garlic or milk.
SWNS:South West News Service Billie, who suffers from Irritable Bowel Syndrome, has to follow a strict diet to prevent stomach ache and severe cramping
However when the bill came at Amigos Mexican Kitchen in Sheffield, South Yorks, the 22-year-old was shocked to see it read “no onion no garlic no milk haha”.
Billie, who suffers from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), has to follow a strict diet to prevent stomach ache and severe cramping.
“The food was lovely and the service had been excellent that evening until I got the receipt,” said Billie, of Sheffield, South Yorks.
“I’ve only been on this stricter diet for less than a year and it’s been difficult adjusting. I suffer really bad with IBS and about a year ago I had to follow a Low Fodmap diet to find out what causes my flare up’s to be worse.
SWNS:South West News Service Amigos Mexican Kitchen, Sheffield, South Yorks. The restaurant manager has apologised for any offence caused and told how he gave the employee responsible a verbal warning following the incident
“I found that onions, garlic, milk and all sorts of different foods that are triggers for me to be ill.
“What happened brought back all the anxiety I’d had about going out for meals, and it’s really not on.
“The restaurant has apologised but I want to raise awareness of just how upsetting this sort of thing can be for people.”
Billie says the experience the restaurant when she visited with a pal on May 10 this year left her with a sour taste against people who dietary requirements.
She says the waitress apologised and explained that the message had been intended as a private joke to the chef about the long list and she had not expected it to appear on the bill.
The restaurant manager has also apologised for any offence caused and told how he gave the employee responsible a verbal warning following the incident.
Billie said she bore no ill-feeling towards the restaurant but wanted to highlight how distressing episodes like this can be for people with food allergies or intolerances, who are often already self-conscious about their conditions.
She believes better training is needed at restaurants and cafes to ensure people like her are made to feel comfortable wherever they choose to eat out.