At Pip’s Original Doughnuts & Chai in Northeast Portland, owner Nate Snell is hiring.
“I want people who are passionate about what they sell,” said Snell. “If you can’t eat it, how can you be passionate about it?”
So in the posting, Snell specified no “non-medical, non-religious dietary restrictions” that would stop employees from tasting the product and describing it to customers.
“If the employee was to say something like ‘well, I don’t eat meat or I don’t eat gluten, or I don’t eat nuts or dairy,’ any one of those things would preclude them from being able to give you an honest answer of what that tastes like or how good it is,” said Snell.
The job listing caught fire, not for its $12 to $13 starting wage or the extra $30 per paycheck for employees to donate to charity. People on social media were posting that Pip’s discriminates against vegans. In reviews and posts left on the Pip’s Facebook page the backlash was immediate.