“Do you want your meat in a separate bag?”
“That’s not meat; it’s fish.”
“Ok…do you want it in a separate bag?”
“Yes, of course.”
I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve had this conversation, or a similar one, with customers. Today it went even further. The customer in question informed me that he did not eat meat, as I put his fish in a separate bag for him. He then proceeded to ask me if I ate meat and when I said “yes” he asked me what kind. I replied with “all kinds.” I have nothing against vegetarians and vegans. I have friends who are both. But it drives me nuts when customers insist that fish is not meat. My definition of meat is that it is the flesh of an animal. Fish are animals. Therefore their flesh is meat. Dictionary.com agrees with my definition, stating that meat is “the flesh of animals as used for food.”
Although the fact that the customers are wrong about the definition of meat is not even what bothers me the most. What I dislike the most about that conversation is the fact that it does not help me to know whether they want their fish in a separate bag. All I want is a yes or a no.
What do you think? Is fish meat?