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Bay Area Hindu Man Accidentally Served Meat Aboard Flight
CBS SF Bay Area ^ | February 5, 2013

Posted on 02/10/2013 2:14:39 PM PST by nickcarraway

A Bay Area Hindu man’s life has been dramatically altered after accidentally being served a sandwich containing meat on an airplane.

The tenets of Anshu Kumar’s religion require a strict vegetarian diet, and Kumar had never eaten meat.

Before traveling on Asiana Airlines, Kumar confirmed via email that his in-flight meals would be meat-free, and once on board, a flight attendant assured him again he would receive a vegetarian meal.

But, a few bites in, Kumar noticed an unfamiliar taste, and what he thought might be potato turned out to be meat.

Eating meat, even accidentally, is considered a sin for devout Hindus.

“When someone of that background does accidentally eat meat, there’s a sense of deep revulsion, agony I would say,” said professor Vijaya Nagarajan, a religious studies expert from the University of San Francisco.

Kumar says he is now forbidden to touch the altar where he prays daily for forgiveness, and he must also travel back to India to perform penance.

He said he is also is no longer allowed to eat with his family.

“For the person who served the meat, it is of little consequence, but for the person who accidentally ate it for the very first time in their entire life, and for how many generations, it’s like a break in the fabric of their community,” Nagarajan said.

Kumar is asking the airline to label its food.


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1 posted on 02/10/2013 2:14:50 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
You know, just posted on a thread about a bacon festival http://www.bbqaddicts.com/bacon-explosion Do you think he`d like a consolation gift?
2 posted on 02/10/2013 2:18:21 PM PST by nomad
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To: nickcarraway
“For the person who served the meat, it is of little consequence, but for the person who accidentally ate it for the very first time in their entire life, and for how many generations, it’s like a break in the fabric of their community,” Nagarajan said.

Consider it an opportunity to get closer to your ancestors. Literally.

3 posted on 02/10/2013 2:18:21 PM PST by ConservativeMind ("Humane" = "Don't pen up pets or eat meat, but allow infanticide, abortion, and euthanasia.")
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To: nickcarraway
If he's THAT worried about being served meat, why didn't he bring his own food?

CC

4 posted on 02/10/2013 2:19:33 PM PST by Celtic Conservative
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To: nickcarraway

Why didn’t he just jump off the plane when he discovered this?


5 posted on 02/10/2013 2:20:00 PM PST by PapaNew
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To: ConservativeMind

To have lived without having a BLT or a cheeseburger would really SUCK!! Forgot a pepperoni pizza too.


6 posted on 02/10/2013 2:22:16 PM PST by golf lover (goingf)
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To: nickcarraway
A Bay Area Hindu man’s life has been dramatically altered after accidentally being served a sandwich containing meat on an airplane.

How important and newsworthy. I ate fried puffball slices for the first time in my life a couple of years ago. It really changed my whole life < /sarcasm>

7 posted on 02/10/2013 2:23:01 PM PST by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: nickcarraway

Pilot to stewardess: “Is that whine coming from the engines?”


8 posted on 02/10/2013 2:23:16 PM PST by Navy Patriot (Join the Democrats, it's not Fascism when WE do it, and the Constitution and law mean what WE say.)
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To: golf lover
I'll bet even Kumar couldn't resist this...


9 posted on 02/10/2013 2:26:25 PM PST by ErnBatavia (Piffle....)
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To: ConservativeMind
“For the person who served the meat, it is of little consequence, but for the person who accidentally ate it for the very first time in their entire life, and for how many generations, it’s like a break in the fabric of their community,”

Y'know ... how about we Americans that have eaten absolute freedom most of our lives, being fed tyranny ON PURPOSE ?

Can WE get the sympathy (and I'll BET a chunk of money) from a sympathetic entity that fed it to us ?

The world is mad and we Americans will die off or be killed, or rise up against the enemy.

10 posted on 02/10/2013 2:26:45 PM PST by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Celtic Conservative

“If he’s THAT worried about being served meat, why didn’t he bring his own food? “

Or simply check the sandwich. Of course, that precludes any lawsuit.


12 posted on 02/10/2013 2:31:14 PM PST by raybbr (People who still support Obama are either a Marxist or a moron.)
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To: nickcarraway

Can’t be too trusting.

Just because people can put a plane in the air, doesn’t mean they know what they’re doing.


13 posted on 02/10/2013 2:32:28 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (If you want to ring the bell - you got to swing the hammer hard!)
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To: nickcarraway

Whoa, that’s harsh! Going to Hell at 30,000 feet! Gives new meaning to “Mile High Club.”


14 posted on 02/10/2013 2:34:18 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (Obama considers the Third World morally superior to the United States.)
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To: nickcarraway

Suck it up and move on. Take whatever time you need to grieve. Now, move on. Stuff happens.


15 posted on 02/10/2013 2:36:31 PM PST by aMorePerfectUnion (Gone rogue, gone Galt, gone international, gone independent. Gone.)
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To: nickcarraway

Is he on his way to Disneyland to see if Donald Duck will hug him with an equal quantity and quality of hugs as oher racially classified park patrons?


16 posted on 02/10/2013 2:37:29 PM PST by fattigermaster (When tigers hunt, the jackals profit...when tigers sleep, the jackals rule.)
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To: nickcarraway

I love being a Christian.


17 posted on 02/10/2013 2:39:23 PM PST by AppyPappy (You never see a massacre at a gun show.)
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

I guess you would say the same about Obama. Just suck it up and move on.


18 posted on 02/10/2013 2:40:22 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Act 10:10 Then he became very hungry and wanted to eat; but while they made ready, he fell into a trance
Act 10:11 and saw heaven opened and an object like a great sheet bound at the four corners, descending to him and let down to the earth.
Act 10:12 In it were all kinds of four-footed animals of the earth, wild beasts, creeping things, and birds of the air.
Act 10:13 And a voice came to him, “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.”
Act 10:14 But Peter said, “Not so, Lord! For I have never eaten anything common or unclean.”
Act 10:15 And a voice spoke to him again the second time, “What God has cleansed you must not call common.”


19 posted on 02/10/2013 2:40:43 PM PST by ChoobacKY
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To: aMorePerfectUnion

People in India starving to death and he is freaking about some food.


20 posted on 02/10/2013 2:40:44 PM PST by AppyPappy (You never see a massacre at a gun show.)
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To: nickcarraway

But, a few bites in, Kumar noticed an unfamiliar taste,


I bet that happens a lot with airline meals.


21 posted on 02/10/2013 2:41:19 PM PST by Venturer
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To: nickcarraway

There should be one question asked: Is he still alive and breathing? If the answer is yes (and it obviously is), his god wasn’t so angry at him that he was stricken dead. If the answer is no, then he gets to explain his innocence in whatever afterlife he believes in. Problem solved.


22 posted on 02/10/2013 2:41:28 PM PST by Fast Moving Angel (A moral wrong is not a civil right: No religious sanction of an irreligious act.)
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To: nickcarraway
Airline food contains actual meat?

Surprising.

23 posted on 02/10/2013 2:42:30 PM PST by FredZarguna (I ride around nights mostly...subways, buses...If I'm gonna do that I might as well get paid for it.)
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To: ConservativeMind; Celtic Conservative; PapaNew; from occupied ga; Navy Patriot

A lot of Obama supporters on this thread. Religious freedom and the Constitution have been overturned, and it’s a joke.


24 posted on 02/10/2013 2:43:41 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

“I guess you would say the same about Obama. Just suck it up and move on.”

Of course! Unless you have a time machine, you have to deal with reality. He ate meat. We have Obama. Grieve and move on now.


25 posted on 02/10/2013 2:47:14 PM PST by aMorePerfectUnion (Gone rogue, gone Galt, gone international, gone independent. Gone.)
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To: nickcarraway

Don’t worry. I’m sure it was only horsemeat.


26 posted on 02/10/2013 2:48:41 PM PST by VeniVidiVici (Obama's vision - No Job is a Good Job)
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To: AppyPappy

Looks like Christians are the only religious people

that its okay to insult in this day

Every third-world country cult must be honored.


27 posted on 02/10/2013 2:51:57 PM PST by Harold Shea (RVN `70 - `71)
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Freepers, your Contributions make every difference!
Please keep ‘em coming! Thank you all very much!

28 posted on 02/10/2013 2:55:07 PM PST by RedMDer (Support Free Republic)
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Yes, lets not have any common sense intrude. I'm not trying to take away anybodies religious freedom. But if I were a person living in a foreign country wher my cultural and religious standards were not well understood It would be incumbent upon me to be careful about those standards and not depend on others to get it right.

CC

29 posted on 02/10/2013 2:56:02 PM PST by Celtic Conservative
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To: nickcarraway

Didn’t realize it was a 20 ounce medium rare prime rib until after he finished it.


30 posted on 02/10/2013 2:56:49 PM PST by fso301
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To: AppyPappy

Truth be told - he is probably freaking out because he liked the way it tasted.


31 posted on 02/10/2013 3:03:54 PM PST by Grams A (The Sun will rise in the East in the morning and God is still on his throne.)
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To: Celtic Conservative

Do you get a welfare check or something? Those of us in the real world, have to respect our customers, or we start losing money. I come across, “the customer is always wrong,” types everyday, who think their mistakes are the fault of the customer. It sucks. Do you work for the government? It must be great never having to worry about incompetence. Some of us have to live in the real world. You may hate the idea of the free market, but it’s a reality for a lot of us. And we get sick of having to deal with the incompetence of others. Good thing our soldiers don’t have your lackadaisical attitude. Lives are at stake.


32 posted on 02/10/2013 3:04:31 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Being from SF, I’m sure he’s been “served meat” before.


33 posted on 02/10/2013 3:05:36 PM PST by EEGator
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To: Celtic Conservative
If he's THAT worried about being served meat, why didn't he bring his own food?

The voice of reason....

34 posted on 02/10/2013 3:08:36 PM PST by SoftballMominVA
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To: Celtic Conservative

Just yesterday, I found out a business charged me for a returned check. I knew it shouldn’t have been returned. I checked with my bank, and I found out this business never even attempted to make submit the check. So, according to you, I should just pay the $180 + they charged me for their mistake? Sorry, I disagree with you 100%. The only mistake is if I ever use them again. That’s why I hate doing business with people like you. I shouldn’t have to pay for your mistakes. If I made such a mistake, I wouldn’t expect my customers to suffer for a mistake I made. Face it, you are a classic socialist.


35 posted on 02/10/2013 3:09:12 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: SoftballMominVA

If a business promised to deliver him something and they failed, that’s the businesses problem. To think otherwise is communist. If you went into a restaurant and ordered filet mignon, and were brought tofu, and were charged the full price, should I say to you, “you should have brought your own filet mignon.” Obama has converted the majority of Freepers to socialism.


36 posted on 02/10/2013 3:12:09 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway
Have a nice day.

CC

37 posted on 02/10/2013 3:15:24 PM PST by Celtic Conservative
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To: SoftballMominVA
Thank you and G-d bless.

CC

38 posted on 02/10/2013 3:20:05 PM PST by Celtic Conservative
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To: aMorePerfectUnion
Suck it up and move on. Take whatever time you need to grieve. Now, move on. Stuff happens.

and now that you are no longer a true "vegan" LIVE IT UP, ENJOY, WHAT MORE CAN HAPPEN...learn the joys of a "whopper", a standard B.L.T., delve into the wonders of Kentucky fried chicken!!!!!your whole life lies before you and you have a lot of catching up to do (really, God doesn't care)

39 posted on 02/10/2013 3:20:09 PM PST by terycarl
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To: raybbr
Or simply check the sandwich. Of course, that precludes any lawsuit.

I certainly would check the sandwich completely, it wasn't all that long ago an airline caterer was investigated for placing used vaccination syringes in sandwiches.

40 posted on 02/10/2013 3:26:00 PM PST by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: nickcarraway

First off, if he’s lived in the United States for any amount of time and ever eaten food he did not himself prepare I’m sure he’s consumed meat at some time accidentally.

Secondly, keeping the above in mind, how can he ever rely on anyone else to prepare his meals, certainly not an entity as impersonal as an airline.

Third, go home!


41 posted on 02/10/2013 3:32:31 PM PST by PLMerite (Shut the Beyotch Down! Burn, baby, burn!)
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To: nickcarraway

If you have such religious food restrictions with severe penalties, I suggest you purchase & prepare your every meal; & not depend on others to protect your virtue. Your virtue is yours alone to protect.

Clearly, the meat prohibition is total & severe. Dependence on ignorant others is irresponsible, & especially so, when those others consider such prohibitions to be nonsense.

IMO, this man has no one to blame but himself, regardless of any assurances he may have received from the airline.


42 posted on 02/10/2013 3:40:16 PM PST by Mister Da (The mark of a wise man is not what he knows, but what he knows he doesn't know!)
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I like that spunk!


43 posted on 02/10/2013 3:47:06 PM PST by aMorePerfectUnion (Gone rogue, gone Galt, gone international, gone independent. Gone.)
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To: nickcarraway

I wish I was seated next to him...

“So, are you gonna finish that? Cuz I’m still starving.”


44 posted on 02/10/2013 3:48:45 PM PST by eartrumpet
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Mistakes happen.

I went through a very strict vegan phase. To prevent any accidental consumption of meat products, I carried my own food everywhere. it was important to me that I not consume certain foods. Had I accidently eaten meat, I'm sure whoever gave it to me would apologize, but the damage would have been done

I guess it just wasn't that important to this guy.

45 posted on 02/10/2013 3:49:55 PM PST by SoftballMominVA
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To: nickcarraway

If tasting meat means this guy’s family must shun him at mealtimes, maybe it’s time for him to take a good, hard look at his religion. Just saying.


46 posted on 02/10/2013 3:55:23 PM PST by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males---the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization)
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To: nickcarraway

Funny how the Bay Area CBS will report on this story with the deepest reverence for the man’s beliefs, and yet with Ash Wednesday and Lent soon upon us, I’m betting there are those at the same organization just chomping at the bit to ridicule Catholics who will receive ashes on their foreheads and abstain from meat on Fridays between now and Easter. I wonder how CBS would have handled the reportage if this had been a Catholic inadvertently served meat on a Friday during Lent?


47 posted on 02/10/2013 3:57:32 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: nickcarraway

Good thing he was only Hindu. If he were a Mohammadan, heads would roll.


48 posted on 02/10/2013 3:58:50 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Harold Shea; nickcarraway

>> “Looks like Christians are the only religious people that its okay to insult in this day

Every third-world country cult must be honored.” <<

.
Looks like you figured it out, those that make their own “Gods” with their hands must be respected, what happened to nick?


49 posted on 02/10/2013 3:58:50 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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To: Joe 6-pack

If you explain to CBS that the 40 days of lent are in respect to the 40 years of Tammuz’ life, and that friday is Dagon’s day thus fish must be eaten, inrespect of the pope’s fish hat, perhaps they will see that those customs are just as man made as hinduism and cut you some slack?


50 posted on 02/10/2013 4:05:15 PM PST by editor-surveyor (Freepers: Not as smart as I'd hoped they'd be)
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