Vegan Student demands and gets a Public Apology from Greggs

She was Inadvertently Given a Pork Sausage Roll instead of a Vegan Roll

Mistakes can and do unfortunately happen in life. A worker at a Greggs store in Canterbury, Kent, unfortunately, served a vegan student a pork sausage roll instead of the vegan version. The result is that Sharleen Ndungu, 20, claims to have been left ‘traumatised for life’.

After biting into the snack and realising that she was inadvertently eating meat, she states that she started having heart palpitations and burst into tears.  

She has posted three videos on social media to recount the horrors she has suffered. 

“I’m carrying on eating and my heart starts beating like madness. Heart palpitations like I was running somewhere or something. And then my stomach started turning upside down, I was like ‘woah, what’s going on, this only happens when I consume meat’.”

She told her followers that: “My body is poisoned for life now, you know.”

Greggs has issued a public apology for the incident but it is not enough for Sharleen.

“If I was allergic to pork or any of the ingredients that were inside that dirty sausage, I literally could have died,” she said.

“It’s my choice not to consume meat because it causes cancer. That choice has been taken away from me.”

“Some people, namely meat-eaters, might think I’m over exaggerating but I could have died.”

The student who had not eaten meat for two years before the incident is now considering not eating in other cafes or restaurants for fear of a repeat. 

She fears the same mistake could one day affect someone who does not eat meat for religious reasons.

Her takeaway from the incident? Make sure you check what you have been given before you tuck in.

A spokesperson for Greggs has said that “we have apologized to the customer for this incident. We’ve taken great care to try and prevent this from happening and are investigating to ensure this situation can be avoided in the future.”

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Jacobus Lavooij

Jacobus is an experienced editor and writer whose interest vegan issues began with understanding the environmental consequences of the food industry. He loves vegan food and is a passionate communicator of its benefits. He is a Dutch national and lives in Copenhagen, Denmark. Contact:
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