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Vegans are already targeted most of the time, aren't they?
Now one grumpy landlord has been accused of 'discrimination' after he banned vegans from applying to live in his spare room.
The live-in landlord, listed as 'Alex' on a SpareRoom advert that went live on Monday, warned viewers in block capitals: 'IF YOU'RE VEGAN, DON'T BOTHER,' before continuing to list other requirements.
His duplex apartment, located in Manchester's Northern Quarter (the irony won't be lost on you if you know the city) boasts a spacious living room, bathroom and two bedrooms for £700 per month.
The picky proprietor, 27, even did his best to scare off grubby flatmates by writing: 'if you're untidy in general - forget it'. He's a man who knows what he wants, I suppose.
Alex brags that he is a 'pretty nice guy', 'laidback' and not 'your typical landlord that everyone hates' - before he goes on to warn prospective tenants not to 'take the piss'. Sounds really chilled and likeable...
He also claims he 'can't be arsed with a 24/7 hour party animal either, sorry'. At least he apologised, eh?
Now the Vegan Society are urging the landlord to 'reconsider his decision' and reminded Alex that vegans have 'excellent cooking skills'.
Alex's original advert reads: "Hi, I'm Alex and I'll be living with you as a live in landlord. I'm 27 years old. I'd like to think I'm a pretty nice guy - definitely not your typical landlord that everyone hates, I'm pretty laidback with everything, but don't take the p**s.
"***IF YOU'RE VEGAN, DON'T BOTHER***
"My room is right above yours, on the second floor. On your level, there's a kitchen, a bathroom and the front door. My bedroom is next to the living room upstairs.
"There is no wardrobe in your room, only a set of drawers, a small table and a bed which is enough for most people." Clearly this guy doesn't know that a vegan needs a wardrobe.
The ad continued: "There won't be a TV in the living room until at least December, as I'm only just coming back from being abroad for 6 months. I'll buy one as soon as I can.
"It's a great flat, in an even better location, especially if you work in the city centre. If you don't, Piccadilly Station is a 5 minute walk away. You'll also be a 2 minute walk away from all the bars/restaurants in the [Northern Quarter].
"Please tell me a little about yourself when you get in touch." You know, for him to probably tell you you're not moving in because you don't meet his criteria.
He added: "I can tell you right now that if you aren't keen on doing your own dishes or if you're untidy in general - forget it. I can't be arsed with a 24/7 hour party animal either, sorry."
After being made aware of the advert, the Vegan Society pointed out that had Alex been trying to rent out the whole house, such discrimination would not be 'appropriate'.
However he enjoys a loophole as a live-in landlord and is able to ensure only meat eaters are welcome.
A spokesperson for The Vegan Society said: "While we can appreciate that the landlord was aiming for the advert to be humorous, we don't quite understand why he would be opposed to living with a vegan.
"It's worth noting that if he was letting out a whole house, discrimination would not be appropriate but there is an exemption in certain situations such as if you're a live-in landlord. It is a well-known fact that many vegans are good cooks who pay attention to what goes into their meals.
"Vegans are often happy to cook for their housemates too, which we think might make Alex reconsider his decision to ban them from his home."
SpareRoom, the website where Alex posted his advert, has called his views 'contradictory' and claims it prefers users to be 'a bit more positive in how they word things'.
A spokesperson for SpareRoom said: ''When people are advertising for someone to live with it's common for them to have preferences in terms of their new flatmate. We prefer it if people are a bit more positive in how they word things though.
"Saying 'I'm pretty laid back with everything', followed by ***IF YOU'RE VEGAN DON'T BOTHER*** feels like a bit of a contradiction. Ultimately, we'd always prefer it if our users take people on the basis of who they are, rather than which 'boxes' they tick.''
When Alex was approached for comment, he said: "Are you interested in the room or not?"
Typical Alex...we can imagine him stewing over his meat platter reading this right now. Don't forget to wash your plate.
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