But a lot of people don't think that way. I know this because ...
People Get Angry at You in Public
Not long ago, I was enjoying the merrymaking at a local hot-air balloon festival. Wishing to withstand the ennui that always creeps up at the end of balloon festivals, I went to buy an alcoholic beverage and double-checked with the guy selling novelty wine drinks to see if there was anything in them that I couldn't drink. I had to do this, because most of the drinks that people call "wine coolers" are really full of beer, a malt beverage that will ruin the balloon festival of anyone with gluten sensitivity. The guy running the stand asked why I needed to know, and I told him. As soon as the word "gluten" came out of my mouth, he started yelling about how it was a dumb question and that no wine in the history of the world had ever contained gluten. So of course I told him that his mom contained gluten, and then the balloon police were called, and they embarked on a high-speed hot-air balloon chase around the town, and I may have made some of that last part up.
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It was actually the Hot Air Balloon National Guard.
Most food-industry people are wonderful about dietary restrictions, but there's a small minority who are really angry that they have to sometimes tell people what's in their food. Like Damian Cardone, a chef who gained media attention after boasting on Facebook that he'd served high-gluten dishes to gluten-free diners at his restaurant. It turned out that he was lying and was actually employed as a waiter, but his attitude doesn't exactly inspire confidence. When you consider that for some people, accidentally consuming gluten can mean hospitalization, you can understand why shit like this might make them nervous.
Listen, food-service workers who get mad about this: I know that some restaurant patrons spend 10 minutes asking if the sushi is gluten-free and then go and put wheat-containing soy sauce on it because they don't understand what gluten is. I know that medical diets are sometimes used by people to get attention or to lose weight. It doesn't matter. It's your job to know what's in your food and to tell people about it if they ask. It doesn't matter if it's a person with allergies, or the Muslim guy wanting to know if the fondue has bacon in it, or my own personal belief system that abhors the eating of things that are yellow. You do your job, I give you a bigger tip, and everyone's happy. Except for the poor unsaved folks who are still eating yellow.
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Burn in hell, you fucking heretic.
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