Generally, one would hope Yelp reviews offer an accurate glimpse into how good or bad a restaurant is.
One reviewer, however, has recently gone viral for a one-star critique of a restaurant that had nothing to do with the service or the food.
The reviewers biggest problem with the restaurant?
They weren't given a discount for being an Instagram influencer.
"I'm giving 1 star because of the cheap management and customer service. I heard the food was very good so I went to try. Me and the BF got the calamari, spaghetti alle vongole, and gnocchi. All were very delicious."
"I was actually so impressed that when the manager came to ask us how everything tasted I told her it was some of the best Italian food I've had and I told her I'm going to post about it on Instagram where I have over 11 thousand followers and a lot of them are in the area. She seemed very happy about it."
"I was wrong. I thought that she would be greatful [sic] for the free advertising but when the cheque came there was literally no discount at all. I thought at least one of the entries would be taken off but they didn't even take off the calamari or even the drinks!"
"I won't got back here because of this. Which is a shame because the food was very good. The manager needs to understand how to treat customers."
Peak 2019, in one restaurant review. https://t.co/QaC1m4k8uF— Ray [REDACTED] (@Ray [REDACTED])1572209019.0
Social media couldn't believe anyone would act so entitled.
@RayRedacted https://t.co/quZaUQhgwi— Jamie (@Jamie)1572218988.0
@RayRedacted Ha. Maybe the restaurant wanted someone with at least 20k followers— Matt Gerlach (@Matt Gerlach)1572209759.0
@RayRedacted @IanDempsey Name the restaurant. I’d make a point of going there to support this type of restauranteur— Joe Rafferty (@Joe Rafferty)1572257779.0
Yelp seems to be filled with somewhat questionable reviews.
@RayRedacted I read a one star review recently that said, "I haven't actually been inside, but I catch the bus near… https://t.co/7ZNCVP4DXR— Chase Simms (@Chase Simms)1572225959.0
How must influencers think of other people?
@RayRedacted I guess with my meager 500+ Instagram followers, I’m good for a free toothpick as I leave. OK, got it!… https://t.co/TTErEfXKf1— Martin J. Levy (@Martin J. Levy)1572217850.0
@DishNation Maybe you should eat at home🤡👺👹— louis (@louis)1572708489.0
Yelp has unleashed all sort of the most obnoxious petty bourgeois influencer behavior in the diaspora— Socialist With SE Asian Diaspora Characteristics (@Socialist With SE Asian Diaspora Characteristics)1572478268.0
The restaurant should proudly display this review in a place of honor.
Holy entitlement, Batman. No one wants an "influencer" like this, but alas. I think @Ross_Simon will appreciate thi… https://t.co/dy1WA2EcWT— Boozy Brown Girl (@Boozy Brown Girl)1572634138.0
@BoozyBrownGirl @Ross_Simon I think they should have given her the free food. Then perhaps she could afford to go s… https://t.co/c1PccAOgEu— the Cocktail Maven (@the Cocktail Maven)1572660455.0
One thing is certain.
Her one-star review is hardly accurate.
Apparently a popular influencer with 11k followers felt so upset by not getting a discount at an amazing Italian re… https://t.co/FPhGFOVfvQ— Teresa Ambrosio (she/her) 🇮🇹🇬🇧🇪🇺 (@Teresa Ambrosio (she/her) 🇮🇹🇬🇧🇪🇺)1572788378.0
@DailyMail Agree. I wouldn’t trust her reviews if she gave this restaurant a bad one just for not giving her a disc… https://t.co/dKuWYpwOOa— JH (@JH)1572296757.0
Plus, the "exposure" wouldn't have been free at all.
@RayRedacted “I thought they’d be grateful for the free publicity by paying for it”— GJB77 (@GJB77)1572254741.0
Some people need to take themselves a bit less seriously.
@RayRedacted @ka8895 Self-importance is a disease & there is an epidemic among a younger generstion.— Radiofanjohn (@Radiofanjohn)1572219023.0
Here's a good rule of thumb for life:
when eating at a restaurant, always plan on paying the bill, no matter how famous think you are.