There are many reasons why people choose to go vegetarian. A Gallup poll revealed that around 5 percent of U.S. adults consider themselves to be vegetarian and the lifestyle is one that more and more believe is healthier for the body and the planet.
The main point is that it's a personal choice. So when Redditor u/temptemptemp772's fifteen-year-old son told him and his wife that he's making the shift, the dad was understanding; and the family made quite a few changes to their everyday life to help the boy get by.
However, what the Redditor couldn't get behind was his son choosing to go rogue. The unnamed fifteen-year-old, one hot summer's day, decided to secretly unplug the fridge that was full of meat and was the family's livelihood during their financial hardship.
Understandably the dad was furious, however, the punishment has meant he has been called an a**hole. The punishment consisted of the vegetarian boy cleaning up the rotting meat.
"I go hunting every year. I'm not a trophy hunter by any means I do it for meat and almost purely for economic reasons at this point. Taking a few deer off my property once a year keeps my freezer stocked and the grocery bill way down which is important because finances can be tight sometimes.
"My son has decided that he is vegetarian about 6 months ago which my wife and I have no problems with. We started making meatless meals twice a week and made sure every other dinner was such that the meat was separate from everything else so he could still eat with us. This has been working great for the last 6 months with no complaints."
He continued: "Last week when I pulled the meat for the week out of our freezer in the garage he decided to come behind me and unplug the freezer. I guess he thought we weren't doing enough to support his cause? He never spoke to us or complained about our twice-a-week setup prior to unplugging the freezer.
"Well as you can imagine with a now unrefrigerated pile of meat in the summer heat it didn't take long for the meat to start to rot and stink. The freezer kept the smell in for a while so by the time we finally noticed everything was completely putrid.
"I asked my son if he knew what happened and he proudly said that he had unplugged it on purpose and now we would have to be meat-free. I told him that he didn't have the right to ruin a freezer full of meat and raise the family's grocery bill without discussing it with anyone.
"I told him that as part of his punishment he had to clean up his mess. Meaning dispose of all of the rotting meat and either sufficiently clean and sanitize the freezer or purchase a new one out of his savings."
Surprisingly, most of the comments supported the father: "I'm a vegetarian myself and I'd argue what he's done is worse because the deer have now died for no reason."
"Hunted deer meat can be some of the most ethical meat you can eat. No rain forests were cleared to raise it and no crops grown to feed it," another added.
A third one said: "He should pay for cleanup if he won't do the cleanup, he should pay for disposal for the old freezer, he should pay for the new freezer, and he should pay for the elevated grocery bills until the new freezer arrives and you can hunt again and fill it up."
Do you agree with the punishment?