Weird World

This story of a vegan Subway customer learning a harsh truth has gone viral because it’s so brutal

As most people know, mayonnaise is a tasty condiment that makes a great accompaniment to everything from salad to spuds and contains, amongst other things, egg yolks. However, this vital ingredient had obviously escaped the notice of one vegan Subway customer.

Her story has been shared by Gabriel Caulfield-Bohlken, the Subway assistant who served her. He posted:

So I work at Subway, yesterday I had a chick come in, she told me she wanted a Veggie Delight. As I went to get the bread she asked me if I could change my gloves cause she was vegan and I had been handling meat.

I did that, no problem, perfectly reasonable request. I get her bread, toast it and put all the veggies she wants on it, I start to wrap up her sandwich when she says, “can I get some mayo?”

Of course, Gabriel knows how mayonnaise is made and wondered if he was having his leg pulled.

I look at her, she’s looking at me, I pick up the mayo, I’m waiting for her to be like haha jk.


Me: “You know mayonnaise has eggs in it right?”


She stood there for a second.

V: “N-no it doesn’t, I get mayo every time, are you sure?”

Me: “Yes ma’am, mayo has egg whites in it.”

I felt so horrible, she stood there with such a distraught and defeated face, I had shattered this poor girl’s world.

But Subway is, above all, a business and Gabriel had a job to do, regardless of this person’s world collapsing around her.

I had a couple people waiting so I had to get this lady out of here.

Me: “Would you like the mayo on it ma’am?”

V: “Sure, go ahead.”

She sounded so done, so defeated,

So I gave her her mayo, wrapped her sandwich up and charged her for her sandwich, she was silent the whole time. She took her sandwich and started walking out.

Me: “Thank you for coming, have a nice day!”

She just looked at me, sighed, “yea, I’ll try” and walked out.

And that’s the story of how I taught a vegan that mayonnaise is, in fact, not vegan.

The sad tale got a mixed reaction.

It seems there are traps out there for vegetarians as well as vegans, as Trish Truitt explains:

“TRUE STORY: A friend of mine picked up a vegetarian cookbook, brand new from a bookstore for a ridiculously low price. Inside she found some great recipes – including several that used BACON!! Low-price then, made perfect sense.”