For those of you that aren’t aware, I love Yelp! I love being able to share my opinion about a place, and have other people read my opinion and use that as guidance in choosing a place to eat/drink/spa on, whatever. I also REALLY love it when people seek me out for my opinion based on my previous reviews. I think that Yelp! is a wonderful way for people to share what their experiences are – and I use to all the time in picking out places to go – without the threat of being bothered.
Now, if you’re curious and you’ve tried to find my yelp page, let me help you: joeygurl.yelp.com My reviews are hilarious, of course. They’re not always positive – but hey, that’s just the way the cookie crumbles, pal. Yelp has given the consumer a little bit of power. With that being said, I do find it highly inappropriate for owners to contact yelpers and offer them free drinks/meals, etc in exchange for a good review – that’s just shady. I also think it’s so shady when owners will say “come in and ask for me, we’ll take care of you”. No! You should take care of everyone, not just the people who actively affect your business.
Which leads me to a recent encounter I had with a business owner. Let me set the stage for you:
Two of my girlfriends and I try to get together once a month or so for brunch or dinner. We like to ditch the men, and find places that we haven’t tried before, because we like to eat (sorry fellas). Now that the weather is so lovely in our tri-state area, we’ve been looking for places outside to nosh at. This particular Sunday we decided to go the Nautical Mile in Freeport, NY. I had never been there before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect other than waterfront dining, a few cocktails and a nice afternoon outside.
We have our brunch, and its early, so we decided to head down the mile and check out another venue for a few drinks. After walking a bit, we came across a bar that had seating in the back and inside, but an outdoor area covered, with a live band – and it wasn’t too crowded. So we go, it wasn’t that great (should have checked yelp), and I review:
Granted, my review wasn’t nice…but it certainly wasn’t the worst review I’ve written, and I didn’t say anything that wasn’t true…I just colored it up a little bit for entertainment purposes.
Holy Hell. The owner of the bar wrote me back, attempting to refute what I was saying…and we engaged in an email conversation that lasted entirely too long. I blocked him, and reported him…and he logged into a different account to continue to harass me, including a threat of a lawsuit for slander.
1. Give me a goddamn break
2. Stop bothering me
3. If you don’t like my opinion, don’t read it.
there is no chance in hell I am ever going to remove or change my review. And there’s no chance in hell I will ever go to this guys restaurant again…and if any of my friends go…good luck my loves, refer to the picture of the fella that threw up after eating his dinner there.