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2014-03-20 08:30:07 PM
content6.flixster.com
 
2014-03-20 09:14:53 PM

Nickster79: [content6.flixster.com image 280x250]


*shakes tiny fist*
 
2014-03-20 09:44:26 PM
Can a store or business threaten to sue for bad press if said bad press was a result of ill-will rather than honest perception/opinion?  In other words, there have been stories of individuals and self-proclaimed critics that try to strong arm such businesses into heavily discounted/free goods/services under the threat of bad reviews if they do not?
 
2014-03-20 09:45:57 PM

K3rmy: Can a store or business threaten to sue for bad press if said bad press was a result of ill-will rather than honest perception/opinion?  In other words, there have been stories of individuals and self-proclaimed critics that try to strong arm such businesses into heavily discounted/free goods/services under the threat of bad reviews if they do not?


I think you described extortion.
 
2014-03-20 09:46:25 PM

K3rmy: Can a store or business threaten to sue for bad press if said bad press was a result of ill-will rather than honest perception/opinion?  In other words, there have been stories of individuals and self-proclaimed critics that try to strong arm such businesses into heavily discounted/free goods/services under the threat of bad reviews if they do not?


With no knowledge on the subject what so ever and without taking the few minutes it would take to Google this, I am going to go with "yes".
 
2014-03-20 09:48:38 PM
Welcome to the internet age, dumbass - and your dumbass lawyer too.
 
2014-03-20 09:51:11 PM
Yelp reviewers seem to be the worst people alive anyway. I've only looked up restaurants on it and for every single one there are the inevitable 1 star reviews that always read the same:

VERY disappointed with this place after reading all the raving reviews on here. I walked through the door and immediately I was greeted with half smiles from the employees, not a single genuine smile to be found in the bunch. After the uninterested teenage cashier finished taking my order (which she made me relate to her orally without even attempting telepathy) she barely acknowledged me, not even asking how my day was going or how my grandparents were. The food finally arrived after nearly 4 minutes and upon looking at it I didn't get an erection. Additionally, the menu promised this would be the best meal of all time and it barely even makes my top 2. When I was leaving only one employee said "thanks for coming". The last straw was when I pulled my car out another car drove behind me and I had to wait a few seconds. This was the WORST experience of my life and I will not be going back to "Casa Bonita" anytime soon ONE STAR
 
2014-03-20 09:53:07 PM
10:10?
 
2014-03-20 09:55:07 PM
Letter from lawyer: "Accordingly, unless at your direction Yelp to removes that review within seven days..."

Nice writing -- quality lawyer you got there.
 
2014-03-20 09:59:06 PM

you are a puppet: Yelp reviewers seem to be the worst people alive anyway. I've only looked up restaurants on it and for every single one there are the inevitable 1 star reviews that always read the same:

VERY disappointed with this place after reading all the raving reviews on here. I walked through the door and immediately I was greeted with half smiles from the employees, not a single genuine smile to be found in the bunch. After the uninterested teenage cashier finished taking my order (which she made me relate to her orally without even attempting telepathy) she barely acknowledged me, not even asking how my day was going or how my grandparents were. The food finally arrived after nearly 4 minutes and upon looking at it I didn't get an erection. Additionally, the menu promised this would be the best meal of all time and it barely even makes my top 2. When I was leaving only one employee said "thanks for coming". The last straw was when I pulled my car out another car drove behind me and I had to wait a few seconds. This was the WORST experience of my life and I will not be going back to "Casa Bonita" anytime soon ONE STAR


Are you saying, then, that you will be giving Yelp a low review on Yelp?
 
2014-03-20 10:00:21 PM
shiatty watch repair shop guy gets shiatty lawyer. Amusing.
 
2014-03-20 10:01:34 PM
I wonder if his lawyer Andrew J Spinnell is suing Ripoff Report for his scathing review

Andrew J. Spinnell has a history of deceit and deception in his practice of law and this is clearly evidenced in his Internet website where he displays a photograph of his face taken when he was in his early forties or so giving his potential clients the impression that they would be dealing with a handsome, dashing, debonair young attorney when in actual fact Andrew is 67 years old and quite ugly. His face is puffy, flabby, extremely unattractive and in dire need of the services of a plastic surgeon. No wonder that he is embarrassed to display his actual current photograph on his website when other attorneys his age show the handsome visages of a distinguished older barrister.
 
This kind of fraudulent misrepresentation what you get when you deal with Andrew J. Spinnell. Would you want to deal with an attorney who is so embarrassed with his looks that he has to defraud you into believing that he is years younger than he actually is? Is this the kind of attorney who you would want to deal with? Would you believe anything he has to tell you about the progress of your case? Would he be truthful in dealing with you when he seeks to deceive you with his fraudulent photograph? 
 
I would not want to deal with the likes of Andrew J. Spinnell. Nor should you.
 
2014-03-20 10:05:08 PM
you are a puppet: VERY disappointed with this place after reading all the raving reviews on here. I walked through the door and immediately I was greeted with half smiles from the employees, not a single genuine smile to be found in the bunch. After the uninterested teenage cashier finished taking my order (which she made me relate to her orally without even attempting telepathy) she barely acknowledged me, not even asking how my day was going or how my grandparents were. The food finally arrived after nearly 4 minutes and upon looking at it I didn't get an erection

the same thing happened to me
isleofran.com
/heh heh you said erection
 
2014-03-20 10:06:31 PM

you are a puppet: Yelp reviewers seem to be the worst people alive anyway. I've only looked up restaurants on it and for every single one there are the inevitable 1 star reviews that always read the same:

VERY disappointed with this place after reading all the raving reviews on here. I walked through the door and immediately I was greeted with half smiles from the employees, not a single genuine smile to be found in the bunch. After the uninterested teenage cashier finished taking my order (which she made me relate to her orally without even attempting telepathy) she barely acknowledged me, not even asking how my day was going or how my grandparents were. The food finally arrived after nearly 4 minutes and upon looking at it I didn't get an erection. Additionally, the menu promised this would be the best meal of all time and it barely even makes my top 2. When I was leaving only one employee said "thanks for coming". The last straw was when I pulled my car out another car drove behind me and I had to wait a few seconds. This was the WORST experience of my life and I will not be going back to "Casa Bonita" anytime soon ONE STAR


Like just about anything on the internet you have to try and ignore the outliers, both good and bad. There's also people who are going to love some bad place BECAUSE everyone else hates it and it sucks. With any random population of people some of us are just going to be assholes - or maybe just unlucky. I just pay attention to the average.
 
2014-03-20 10:10:05 PM
I only use Yelp to showcase my unparalleled reviewing skills so....
 
2014-03-20 10:17:08 PM
Considering all of the relatively high profile failures people have had suing online reviewers I'm surprised people still try this.
 
2014-03-20 10:19:41 PM
heh low rent watch shop owner hires even lower rent ugly ass lawyer.
 
2014-03-20 10:23:30 PM
Yes because drawing attention to some idiots YELP revue is such a great idea.
 
2014-03-20 10:27:22 PM
So the lawyer has a bad Yelp too?
 
2014-03-20 10:28:20 PM

Dimensio: Are you saying, then, that you will be giving Yelp a low review on Yelp?


You can review Yelp on Yelp....?

i1.kym-cdn.com
 
2014-03-20 10:28:30 PM
They were made for each other. His lawyer does legal writing as well as he fixes watches.


/insert joke about 'standing around all day making faces' here
 
2014-03-20 10:29:34 PM

you are a puppet: Yelp reviewers seem to be the worst people alive anyway. I've only looked up restaurants on it and for every single one there are the inevitable 1 star reviews that always read the same:

VERY disappointed with this place after reading all the raving reviews on here. I walked through the door and immediately I was greeted with half smiles from the employees, not a single genuine smile to be found in the bunch. After the uninterested teenage cashier finished taking my order (which she made me relate to her orally without even attempting telepathy) she barely acknowledged me, not even asking how my day was going or how my grandparents were. The food finally arrived after nearly 4 minutes and upon looking at it I didn't get an erection. Additionally, the menu promised this would be the best meal of all time and it barely even makes my top 2. When I was leaving only one employee said "thanks for coming". The last straw was when I pulled my car out another car drove behind me and I had to wait a few seconds. This was the WORST experience of my life and I will not be going back to "Casa Bonita" anytime soon ONE STAR


Excellent! 4 stars for you!
 
2014-03-20 10:29:50 PM

you are a puppet: Yelp reviewers seem to be the worst people alive anyway. I've only looked up restaurants on it and for every single one there are the inevitable 1 star reviews that always read the same:

VERY disappointed with this place after reading all the raving reviews on here. I walked through the door and immediately I was greeted with half smiles from the employees, not a single genuine smile to be found in the bunch. After the uninterested teenage cashier finished taking my order (which she made me relate to her orally without even attempting telepathy) she barely acknowledged me, not even asking how my day was going or how my grandparents were. The food finally arrived after nearly 4 minutes and upon looking at it I didn't get an erection. Additionally, the menu promised this would be the best meal of all time and it barely even makes my top 2. When I was leaving only one employee said "thanks for coming". The last straw was when I pulled my car out another car drove behind me and I had to wait a few seconds. This was the WORST experience of my life and I will not be going back to "Casa Bonita" anytime soon ONE STAR


I take user reviews with a few grains of salt... mostly because people are stupid as a bag of farking doorknobs.

To paraphrase I review I've seen recently on Netflix: "This was the worst movie ever. It was constantly starting and stopping like every two minutes. I just cancelled Hulu because all their movies were like that, too. Can't anyone make a movie that plays all the way through?" One star.

Or one for a steak house I was checking out in Fort Worth: "Horrid, horrid, horrid. It cost my girlfriend and I over 80 dollars to go there and they probably expected a tip on top of that obscene price. I only make 280 dollars a week and I can't afford those kinds of ridiculous prices. Absolutely awful place to eat."

... and don't even get me started on electronics reviews.
 
2014-03-20 10:33:11 PM
Watch/clockmakers are a splenetic bunch, generally with poor or nonexistent social skills. Their buisness is also still deeply depressed because of the recession, and the ongoing economic difficulties they face doesn't help the mood. This guy's probably old, grumpy, unaware of how the internet works, and desperate. Or maybe he's just kinda stupid and not very good at his job - I've met lots of those as well.

/Semi-pro watchmaker.
 
2014-03-20 10:38:26 PM

ElLoco: you are a puppet: Yelp reviewers seem to be the worst people alive anyway. I've only looked up restaurants on it and for every single one there are the inevitable 1 star reviews that always read the same:

VERY disappointed with this place after reading all the raving reviews on here. I walked through the door and immediately I was greeted with half smiles from the employees, not a single genuine smile to be found in the bunch. After the uninterested teenage cashier finished taking my order (which she made me relate to her orally without even attempting telepathy) she barely acknowledged me, not even asking how my day was going or how my grandparents were. The food finally arrived after nearly 4 minutes and upon looking at it I didn't get an erection. Additionally, the menu promised this would be the best meal of all time and it barely even makes my top 2. When I was leaving only one employee said "thanks for coming". The last straw was when I pulled my car out another car drove behind me and I had to wait a few seconds. This was the WORST experience of my life and I will not be going back to "Casa Bonita" anytime soon ONE STAR

I take user reviews with a few grains of salt... mostly because people are stupid as a bag of farking doorknobs.

To paraphrase I review I've seen recently on Netflix: "This was the worst movie ever. It was constantly starting and stopping like every two minutes. I just cancelled Hulu because all their movies were like that, too. Can't anyone make a movie that plays all the way through?" One star.

Or one for a steak house I was checking out in Fort Worth: "Horrid, horrid, horrid. It cost my girlfriend and I over 80 dollars to go there and they probably expected a tip on top of that obscene price. I only make 280 dollars a week and I can't afford those kinds of ridiculous prices. Absolutely awful place to eat."

... and don't even get me started on electronics reviews.


I was just reading software reviews.  Everyone program has one one-star rating saying to the effect: "There's something wrong with this software, it won't work on my computer."

No, dumbass, there's something wrong with your computer.
 
2014-03-20 10:51:13 PM

Starshines: No, dumbass, there's something wrong with your computer.


I suspect there is nothing wrong with the computer....
 
2014-03-20 10:54:27 PM

scottydoesntknow: K3rmy: Can a store or business threaten to sue for bad press if said bad press was a result of ill-will rather than honest perception/opinion?  In other words, there have been stories of individuals and self-proclaimed critics that try to strong arm such businesses into heavily discounted/free goods/services under the threat of bad reviews if they do not?

I think you described extortion.


Or how homosexuality works, according to people who freak out about everything.
 
2014-03-20 10:56:41 PM
Ask the Sharper Image how this approach worked with Consumer Reports.
 
2014-03-20 10:56:51 PM

ElLoco: I take user reviews with a few grains of salt... mostly because people are stupid as a bag of farking doorknobs.

I've learned to use the same scrutiny with hotel reviews. People give a place 2 out of 5 stars because they stayed at a Super 8 and the desk clerk wouldn't be their personal concierge and plan a sightseeing itinerary for them.
 
2014-03-20 10:59:41 PM

Shadowtag: scottydoesntknow: K3rmy: Can a store or business threaten to sue for bad press if said bad press was a result of ill-will rather than honest perception/opinion?  In other words, there have been stories of individuals and self-proclaimed critics that try to strong arm such businesses into heavily discounted/free goods/services under the threat of bad reviews if they do not?

I think you described extortion.

Or how homosexuality works, according to people who freak out about everything.


Homosexual Watchmaking Extortionists shall be the name of my new non-existent band.
 
2014-03-20 11:00:00 PM

jankyboy: Letter from lawyer: "Accordingly, unless at your direction Yelp to removes that review within seven days..."

Nice writing -- quality lawyer you got there.


Careful, I hear he takes online reviews very seriously...
 
2014-03-20 11:07:01 PM
I recall a legal response from a British lawyer to the effect of "what would be your response of we told you to F*** Off". The entire story was much, much, much more humorous than this brief recollection.

But I can't find the bookmark and the Googles, they fail me.

It would seem appropriate for this thread.

Help?
 
2014-03-20 11:11:58 PM
Cretony38
So the lawyer has a bad Yelp too?


That lawyer's letter is barely seven lines long and still they didn't catch:

"..unless at your direction Yelp to removes that review.."
 
2014-03-20 11:12:10 PM
Shame on you people for not posting this yet

blog.mainstreethost.com
 
2014-03-20 11:19:38 PM
I think this is the perfect opportunity to whip out one of my favorites.....

message.snopes.com
 
2014-03-20 11:36:55 PM

you are a puppet: Yelp reviewers seem to be the worst people alive anyway. I've only looked up restaurants on it and for every single one there are the inevitable 1 star reviews that always read the same:

VERY disappointed with this place after reading all the raving reviews on here. I walked through the door and immediately I was greeted with half smiles from the employees, not a single genuine smile to be found in the bunch. After the uninterested teenage cashier finished taking my order (which she made me relate to her orally without even attempting telepathy) she barely acknowledged me, not even asking how my day was going or how my grandparents were. The food finally arrived after nearly 4 minutes and upon looking at it I didn't get an erection. Additionally, the menu promised this would be the best meal of all time and it barely even makes my top 2. When I was leaving only one employee said "thanks for coming". The last straw was when I pulled my car out another car drove behind me and I had to wait a few seconds. This was the WORST experience of my life and I will not be going back to "Casa Bonita" anytime soon ONE STAR


It's fun to be outraged by the sludge at the bottom of the pool, but you obviously don't understand how to use review sites if you can't decide whether a review is useful to you. That's like blaming Amazon for people who leave a 1-star over the box being smashed or that they obviously didn't read the description at all. As long as the majority are halfway useful as a rough guide, why get your panties in a bunch?

/Unpleasable assholes need reviews, too!
 
2014-03-20 11:56:08 PM

ElLoco: you are a puppet: Yelp reviewers seem to be the worst people alive anyway. I've only looked up restaurants on it and for every single one there are the inevitable 1 star reviews that always read the same:

VERY disappointed with this place after reading all the raving reviews on here. I walked through the door and immediately I was greeted with half smiles from the employees, not a single genuine smile to be found in the bunch. After the uninterested teenage cashier finished taking my order (which she made me relate to her orally without even attempting telepathy) she barely acknowledged me, not even asking how my day was going or how my grandparents were. The food finally arrived after nearly 4 minutes and upon looking at it I didn't get an erection. Additionally, the menu promised this would be the best meal of all time and it barely even makes my top 2. When I was leaving only one employee said "thanks for coming". The last straw was when I pulled my car out another car drove behind me and I had to wait a few seconds. This was the WORST experience of my life and I will not be going back to "Casa Bonita" anytime soon ONE STAR

I take user reviews with a few grains of salt... mostly because people are stupid as a bag of farking doorknobs.

To paraphrase I review I've seen recently on Netflix: "This was the worst movie ever. It was constantly starting and stopping like every two minutes. I just cancelled Hulu because all their movies were like that, too. Can't anyone make a movie that plays all the way through?" One star.

Or one for a steak house I was checking out in Fort Worth: "Horrid, horrid, horrid. It cost my girlfriend and I over 80 dollars to go there and they probably expected a tip on top of that obscene price. I only make 280 dollars a week and I can't afford those kinds of ridiculous prices. Absolutely awful place to eat."

... and don't even get me started on electronics reviews.


Ditto...

I tend to find Yelpers who frequent restaurants that I like going to or want to and sift through the bs crap.

"ohhhh my, I hated this place! No gluten free pancakes and their French toast has nuts on it!!!!!!"
Or my other favorite, "Best Mexican food ever!"
yet all they talk about is margaritas, patios and Colorado green chili.
 
2014-03-21 12:09:29 AM
Is there a Yelp for websites? I would like to know the best liked sites for recipes or midget porn or knitting techniques or something.
 
2014-03-21 12:14:24 AM

JohnCarter: I wonder if his lawyer Andrew J Spinnell is suing Ripoff Report for his scathing review

Andrew J. Spinnell has a history of deceit and deception in his practice of law and this is clearly evidenced in his Internet website where he displays a photograph of his face taken when he was in his early forties or so giving his potential clients the impression that they would be dealing with a handsome, dashing, debonair young attorney when in actual fact Andrew is 67 years old and quite ugly. His face is puffy, flabby, extremely unattractive and in dire need of the services of a plastic surgeon. No wonder that he is embarrassed to display his actual current photograph on his website when other attorneys his age show the handsome visages of a distinguished older barrister.

This kind of fraudulent misrepresentation what you get when you deal with Andrew J. Spinnell. Would you want to deal with an attorney who is so embarrassed with his looks that he has to defraud you into believing that he is years younger than he actually is? Is this the kind of attorney who you would want to deal with? Would you believe anything he has to tell you about the progress of your case? Would he be truthful in dealing with you when he seeks to deceive you with his fraudulent photograph?

I would not want to deal with the likes of Andrew J. Spinnell. Nor should you.


www.andrewjspinnell.com
 
2014-03-21 12:28:33 AM
i.imgur.com
 
2014-03-21 12:28:35 AM

K3rmy: Can a store or business threaten to sue for bad press if said bad press was a result of ill-will rather than honest perception/opinion?  In other words, there have been stories of individuals and self-proclaimed critics that try to strong arm such businesses into heavily discounted/free goods/services under the threat of bad reviews if they do not?


Sounds like extortion and/or libel.
 
2014-03-21 01:35:42 AM
Try to remember that these people are not Professionals. They are not journalists with fact-checking and editorial oversight. These are douchebags with a smartphone.

Next time you see a scathing review on yelp (I refuse to capitalize the name) check out the users other reviews and see if they are A) overwhelmingly positive, B) even-handed and fair, of C) unreasonably negative.

Some people just like to biatch
 
2014-03-21 01:44:01 AM
Can this lawyer even do this? What about The First Amendment?
 
2014-03-21 02:00:13 AM

8 inches: Can this lawyer even do this? What about The First Amendment?


Anyone can sue anyone, including himself, at any time, for anything. (Yes, you can sue yourself. And people often do.)

And yes, you have to go defend yourself. If you don't? The judge marks you the loser, and the scum lawyer gets everything he asks for.
 
2014-03-21 02:24:03 AM

8 inches: Can this lawyer even do this? What about The First Amendment?


What about that amendment? How does it apply here?
 
2014-03-21 02:32:11 AM

K3rmy: Can a store or business threaten to sue for bad press


Yes.

K3rmy: Can a store or business sue for bad press


Yes.

K3rmy: Can a store or business successfully sue for bad press


Possibly.
 
2014-03-21 02:52:03 AM

you are a puppet: Yelp reviewers seem to be the worst people alive anyway. I've only looked up restaurants on it and for every single one there are the inevitable 1 star reviews that always read the same:

VERY disappointed with this place after reading all the raving reviews on here. I walked through the door and immediately I was greeted with half smiles from the employees, not a single genuine smile to be found in the bunch. After the uninterested teenage cashier finished taking my order (which she made me relate to her orally without even attempting telepathy) she barely acknowledged me, not even asking how my day was going or how my grandparents were. The food finally arrived after nearly 4 minutes and upon looking at it I didn't get an erection. Additionally, the menu promised this would be the best meal of all time and it barely even makes my top 2. When I was leaving only one employee said "thanks for coming". The last straw was when I pulled my car out another car drove behind me and I had to wait a few seconds. This was the WORST experience of my life and I will not be going back to "Casa Bonita" anytime soon ONE STAR


1/10
 
2014-03-21 02:53:31 AM

Satanic_Hamster: Dimensio: Are you saying, then, that you will be giving Yelp a low review on Yelp?

You can review Yelp on Yelp....?

[i1.kym-cdn.com image 680x681]


img.fark.net
 
2014-03-21 02:56:39 AM

Mr. Ekshun: Watch/clockmakers are a splenetic bunch, generally with poor or nonexistent social skills. Their buisness is also still deeply depressed because of the recession, and the ongoing economic difficulties they face doesn't help the mood. This guy's probably old, grumpy, unaware of how the internet works, and desperate. Or maybe he's just kinda stupid and not very good at his job - I've met lots of those as well.


img1.wikia.nocookie.net

Just hope he doesn't woge out on the next customer.
 
2014-03-21 03:40:56 AM
Why'd the reviewer use his real damn name? I usually go with C. Howitt Pheals.
/no lawsuits, no problems
 
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