Sara Elliott has had it with people faking food allergies in restaurants. She has life-threatening allergies to eggs, dairy and nuts and fears the impostors are hurting her chances of safely dining out.”It teaches the waiter to not take it seriously,” says Elliott, who lives in Windsor, Ont. “It’s selfish and kind of rude. It’s also dangerous and irresponsible.”Some restaurant-goers are tempted to invent allergies to get a dish their way — often motivated by a much less serious food sensitivity or the growing number of fad diets like the gluten-free craze. They may see their lie as a harmless fib, but others worry it could lead to restaurants becoming numb to all allergy claims.”Faux food allergies are all the rage,” griped California chef David Mau in a recent column. “People covet and collect theirs like Gucci handbags.”And the consequences? “It’s like pulling that fire alarm handle in junior high all the time. At some point, everyone is just gonna stop paying attention,” he wrote.
People with serious food allergies want impostors to stop faking it in restaurants