The North Wales Police have gotten into a social media feud with vegans all over the world after their officers shared an image of an English breakfast on Twitter. Yep.
Story goes, after meeting with the National Farmers Union, the North Wales Police Rural Crime Team posted a picture in support of local farmers. The snap showed a table with poached eggs, sausages, beans, and stacks of toast.
Not bad eh….not one egg broken….. let the team meeting begin! pic.twitter.com/lL3jzKtJb2
— RuralCrimeTeam™ (@NWPRuralCrime) December 18, 2017
Pretty uneventful right? NOT! This is the internet, my friends. Nothing is simple anymore.
The meal triggered the hell out of one vegan woman who labeled the officers as “thoughtless.”
The offended user wrote, “Speaking as a taxpayer I’d prefer them to be less selective when answering questions and perhaps not post breakfast pics that offend vegetarian/vegan followers – pretty thoughtless considering the job title they have.”
The comment led to a Twitter war between vegans and the faction that defended the cops’ protein-heavy breakfast.
As a tax payer, I think you should tweet photos of your breakfast unless it’s a protected species ???? pic.twitter.com/I68ghvG7tC
— Penguin Yark (@debbo_fisko) December 31, 2017
Vegetarian here but not offended. Not a banner waver. People have a right to live their lives as and how they choose.
— Lorraine. ?? (@Lorrain27048741) December 31, 2017
The North Wales Police, which has more than 15,000 followers on Twitter, are actually well-known for their social media use. They routinely post updates to their investigations and other tidbits of their daily fight against crime.
But in light of the ‘breakfast incident’, team manager Rob Taylor has suspended social media responses to the public. They’ve received so many comments they simply don’t have the resources to answer to everybody.
“We regularly get 1m impressions each month and in August alone we had 1.9m impressions,” he said. “We just can’t answer (all inquiries) any more as it’s a huge commitment.
“Over Christmas we had too much general interaction with people from various walks of life bombarding our feed with questions and we couldn’t cope.”
The team will continue posting updates on their Twitter feed, but they’ll just stay away from sausages for the time being. They haven’t posted any cooked breakfast pictures since Christmas.
Time to correct some news… pic.twitter.com/k7dpF9np9R
— RuralCrimeTeam™ (@NWPRuralCrime) January 2, 2018