One restaurant worker called out a woman for leaving fake reviews, and the entire internet got behind them.
Almost everything we do online is rated somehow. Reddit has real-time rankings of every post on the site. Twitter tracks likes and retweets to determine popularity, with Facebook doing the same thing. And any real-life business with an online presence has a page where people can leave a review, whether it be on Yelp, TripAdvisor, or Google.
Which turns out to be a bit of a problem. Anyone can leave a review even if they’ve never been to that location, saying whatever they want about the place without anyone being able to see through the lies.
Usually, at least. But sometimes, they get caught. And when they do, the internet comes a running.
One woman who shall remain nameless (mostly because the images blurred out any identification) posted a 1-star review on Yelp for a restaurant complaining she found a maggot in her food. The image looks absolutely disgusting even without the maggot, which seemed to add some credibility to her post.
Only the restaurant manager found out about the review and realized that the dish wasn’t even on their menu. Then they did a reverse image search and found out that the image used in the review is a stock photo of gross food with a maggot in it.
Naturally, this discovery did not go over well with the manager.
"You need to find a hobby,” the restaurant manager said. “Maybe get a cat. Something to occupy your time other than writing false and inflammatory Yelp reviews of various local businesses trying to make a living."
After receiving that reply, a ton of other food industry workers chimed in to say that fake reviews are a real problem. Usually they’re left by disgruntled ex-employees or customers that had some beef with the place. It’s a real problem for health inspectors, who say that half their job is investigating false reports.
But in the internet age, things get even worse. People are actually paying writers to leave false reviews, either to play up their own establishment or to put down competing restaurants.
Fake reviews, just like fake news, is a real problem. But luckily, we have angry restaurant owners to leave witty responses like this one.