Naked baby fuels restaurant feud

A customer left a 2-star review for Imagine Vegan Cafe and ignited a social media firestorm. Photo courtesy WMC-TV

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) – A Memphis, Tennessee restaurant has deleted its social media presence after publicly shaming a customer who gave the restaurant a bad review.

The uproar began when a customer took to Google to write a review about an event she said happened while she was eating at Imagine Vegan Cafe. The unedited review can be read below:

“On the real, I eat here all the time. I still probably will bc I like to go out and there are few options available to me BUT y’all listen. During my visit, a bare butt naked baby was running around, stood up on a table with its black theyre so dirty feet, and bent over to show me it’s butthole. I wish I was exaggerating. This is like while I’m eating, and it’s the owners kids? An older kid came over and started like yodeling and staring at me during my meal. I was SO uncomfortable. Like I get it’s a family establishment and kids do weird things but naked baby was running around for like 15 minutes while all the workers started are just standing to the side talking and laughing over it. And for my food, I can heat up a tofurky sausage just as well and in under half the time.”

Restaurant owner Kristie Jeffrey says some of what the reviewer said happened is true, but she believes much of the post was exaggerated.

“It was summer and it’s hot. She does what a baby does, and she ripped it and she ran,” said Jeffrey about her 22-month-old daughter.

Jeffrey said she would have preferred if the customer had come to her with the complaint. She said she’d rather have been able to handle the situation in person instead of online.

But ultimately, Jeffrey is not backing down.

“I would actually rather not have their business, because it states it very clearly on our menus, on our website, this is what we are about,” said Jeffrey. “If you can’t do vegan, then don’t come here. If you can’t do children, don’t come here.”