First things first today. Happy Birthday Bruce!!! 66 and going strong. My dad had one foot in the grave at 66 and yet Bruce is still playing 3 hour concerts. It goes to show that taking care of your body and doing something you love are the two best things you can do for yourself.
And not that you asked, but in honor of Bruce, I give you my most to least favorite albums:
- Darkness on the Edge of Town
- The Wild, The Innocent and the E-Street Shuffle
- The River
- The Rising
- Born to Run
- Greetings from Asbury Park
- Tunnel of Love
- Born in the USA
- The Ghost of Tom Joad
- Devils and Dust
- Human Touch
- Lucky Town
- Working on a Dream
- Wrecking Ball
- High Hopes
Ok…on to the topic at hand today. Namely, how much responsibility does a college have in keeping a celiac safe, especially when they promised they could? Here is an email/rant I received recently.
I must apologize in advance for the rant you are about to endure. My name is [hidden], I have been in contact with you previously via Twitter. You were able to give me some stellar advice then, so I figured I would give it another go.
I am a college student. I also have celiac disease. As you know, having celiac disease can be frustrating enough at times, throwing college into the loop is an entirely new ball game. I am frustrated with my school and its dining options. I am a junior in college, although I just transferred to my school in August.
The last school I attended, I was able to live at home so food was never a huge issue.
Before I began this semester, my school assured me that there would be many vegetarian and gluten free options for me. So far there has not. The employees constantly tell me they are out of gluten free products or the preparation of the food is never safe. The gluten free bagels are put it the same toaster as regular bagels, the same cutlery is used, gloves aren’t always changed, pans used food that contains gluten, are then used for gluten free foods, etc. It’s a mess.
I have met with my campus nutritionist and the head of our dining halls. They continue to tell me that the issues will be fixed soon, but progress still hasn’t been made.
Canceling my meal plan is also not an option because it has already been payed for and new students are required to have a meal plan.
I am trying to find places that might deliver gluten free bread (and maybe some cookies for mid term week!) just to hold me over until my dining situation gets sorted out over here.
Any advice is much appreciated, and thank you for listening to my rant.
Well that sucks. If they promised you ahead of time they could keep you safe, and you paid for the meal plan, how can they now say that can NOT keep you safe, buy hey “we’ll keep your money just the same.” Have I told you lately how much faith I am losing in this world? It seems that doing the right thing always takes a back seat to bullshit.
From the college’s perspective, I’m sure it’s real difficult to take the necessary precautions. But they said they could. And they’re not.
So first thing I would do is fight like hell to get your money back if they cannot safely feed you. They made a promise and they are not keeping it. From a legal perspective, you may have a very good case. Read this.
The fact that the gfree bagels are toasted in the same toaster as the regular bagels means they simply don’t have a clue. Why should you have to pay for their lack of proper protocol?
In the meantime, you need food. Head on over to my Coupons page. There are some nice savings from some great companies (no…I do not get a percentage of these sales) and they all deliver. I also suggest signing up for each company’s email list, as I’m sure they email out coupons/specials for even more savings.
I am also building an online Amazon store, featuring products from a variety of categories that have all received at leat 4-star reviews (yes…I do get a small percentage of these sales). It’s not officially live yet, but please check it out here. Some good stuff.
In the meantime, if you’d like me to contact the college on your behalf, I’d be more than happy to. Just contact me privately.
Good luck to you.