We recently had an interesting news story about a young cashier that refused to check out pork and alcohol due to religious reasons - she was Muslim. The store manager agreed to this and posted a sign at her register asking customers to refrain from purchasing these items in her line. On one hand, this is a good example of religious tolerance, respecting the differences we all share. On the other hand, I have to ask the obvious question - where will it end?
The Muslim cashier avoids pork and alcohol. So we move to line two. But this line has a vegan cashier, who will not check out any animal products. So we move to line three, kosher cashier, who can't mix dairy with meat. Line four has a gay cashier offended by your Puffs. Line five - Irish guy offended by your Lucky Charms. Line six, a catholic who will damn you to hell for buying steak on Friday.
Do you see where I am going with this? Why can't tolerance be a two way street? I am a pescatarian. Do I get offended when my clients want beef and lamb? No. Am I offended by people who buy prepared meals, instead of using my services? Well a little, but I keep it to myself. It's just that I know they can do better.....that's all. So in the land of tolerance, the great US of A, let's grab a laughing cow, some cookies made by elves, and say cheers to our differences. Life is a buffet. We are blessed with a multitude of choices, but we don't have to take them all. Laugh more, live well, and eat better. And please, call a personal chef if you are offended by my packaged goods comment. Happy Easter/Passover and any other Spring holiday you may be celebrating. Cheers.