by Lucy S. - Posted Tue July 31, 2007 @ 12:37 PM
I have a few peculiar food allergies, which include vinegar and mayonnaise. Because of this, I absolutely can't eat coleslaw. I become quite sick and I break out in a rash if I even try. However, I'm careful about what I eat so usually this isn't an issue. Then one day I ate a crispy strips dinner from one particular KFC.
As you probably know, the two sides that come with the crispy strips are mashed potatoes and coleslaw, so I always specify that I want macaronni and cheese in place of the coleslaw. I had never said why I did this (i.e. allergic to coleslaw), and it had never been an issue beforehand. This particular day, I was on the road with my father, so we got meals to go from an unfamiliar KFC. As always, I got a cripsy strips meal.
When we got home, I quickly dug into the food. I took a bite of the mashed potatoes, but it tasted strange to me. I thought it might just be my taste, so I ate the chicken and the macaronni. The rest tasted fine, so I tried a couple more bites of the mashed potatoes. The first bite was okay, but the second still tasted strange and I found something crunchy in it. Digging with my spoon, I soon found the reason.
Apparently, one of the employees had started to put coleslaw on my plate by accident. Seeing his/her mistake, they dumped the mashed potatoes on top of it.
I begin to feel sick (probably more the thought of it at that time) so I took a Benadryl and went to bed. I only suffered a mild rash from the incident. From that point on, I specifically state why I don't want coleslaw and I'm more careful when I eat out.
I just want KFC and other restaraunts to be careful. When a customer says they want to substitute one item for another - there might be a really important reason.