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(London Evening Standard)   Writer creates fake restaurant on TripAdvisor. Then things get weird   ( standard.co.uk) divider line
    More: Amusing, Restaurant, fake restaurant, Mr Butler, fake reviews, Mobile phone, TripAdvisor, Food, fake restaurant listings  
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2017-12-07 08:21:22 AM  
I had the lasagna.
 
2017-12-07 09:25:26 AM  
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2017-12-07 09:28:48 AM  
I salute you Captain Tuttle.

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2017-12-07 09:36:44 AM  
Bravo, English guy, that's strong work.
 
2017-12-07 09:58:24 AM  
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NOW, THAT'S COMEDY.

 
2017-12-07 09:58:42 AM  
Looks like he got the chauffeur girl from Some Kind of Wonderful to work for him too.  Good job!
 
2017-12-07 10:04:27 AM  
The original article is the funniest thing I've read in awhile.

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2017-12-07 10:08:36 AM  
Oobah?
 
2017-12-07 10:10:13 AM  
I found the hostess to be a bit of a hoe...
 
2017-12-07 10:10:17 AM  
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2017-12-07 10:14:48 AM  
Surprised it wasn't this guy, with two locations:

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2017-12-07 10:15:22 AM  

The Martian Manhandler: Oobah?


It's a ride sharing app popular in Boston.
 
2017-12-07 10:17:20 AM  
FTA: "Comfort" consists of "Yorkshire blue Macaroni and Cheese seasoned with bacon shavings and served in a 600TC Egyptian cotton bowl."

I would have used Midsomer Blue.

That and: was it run by these guys?
22 Minutes: Pop-up Celebrity Chef
Youtube wR5pj1BccKU
 
2017-12-07 10:17:40 AM  
I loved this little tidbit in the article...

FTFA:"The 26-year-old, who claims he used to make money writing fake reviews on TripAdvisor for £10 a post"

NEVER trust online reviews.
 
2017-12-07 10:18:44 AM  
FTFA: Restaurant owners would pay me $13, and I'd write a positive review of their place, despite never eating there.

So your a professional liar. Good to know.
Call it what you will, this is one reason why I give little credibility to restaurant review sites.
 
2017-12-07 10:25:36 AM  
Writer 'tricks' people into thinking his Dulwich shed number one ranked restaurant in London on TripAdvisor.

/nothing is real anymore
 
2017-12-07 10:26:27 AM  
"After Mr. Butler, originally from the village of Feckenham........"

Heh.
 
2017-12-07 10:27:35 AM  
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2017-12-07 10:28:03 AM  
Let me just say, that even after seeing multiple pictures of the writer in the article, I have absolutely no idea if that is a man or a woman
 
2017-12-07 10:30:11 AM  

thorpe: The original article is the funniest thing I've read in awhile.

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Thanks, that was pretty damn entertaining.  This was probably my favorite line from that article:

"y serving pudding in mugs-we're aiming to replicate the experience of what it's like to eat pudding out of a mug."
 
2017-12-07 10:31:21 AM  
Oh, that's beautiful. He's got pretentious pricks paying to eat microwavable meals in his backyard. That's a lot of balls and intuition for a hilarious outcome.

Cheers to you London writer guy.
 
2017-12-07 10:33:15 AM  
the council was trying to relocate the restaurant to a site it was developing in Bromley.

Surprised that an inspector or two didn't drop by.
 
2017-12-07 10:34:22 AM  

bacchanalias and consequences: Oh, that's beautiful. He's got pretentious pricks paying to eat microwavable meals in his backyard. That's a lot of balls and intuition for a hilarious outcome.

Cheers to you London writer guy.


The meals were all free.
 
2017-12-07 10:37:26 AM  
I lol'd.
 
2017-12-07 10:38:29 AM  

On-Farkin-On: bacchanalias and consequences: Oh, that's beautiful. He's got pretentious pricks paying to eat microwavable meals in his backyard. That's a lot of balls and intuition for a hilarious outcome.

Cheers to you London writer guy.

The meals were all free.


Eh, minor inaccuracy. The heart of the burn is still there.
 
2017-12-07 10:39:31 AM  
If I ever go to London, I'm looking up this place.
 
2017-12-07 10:46:21 AM  
My wife and I went to BlackSalt in DC after seeing a good review on Tripadvisor.
I have never treated so poorly or disrespected just for trying to eat.
They did what they could to make us feel inferior and they sat us away from everyone else.
Afterwards, we went to a grocery store and bought little cups of icecream just so we could feel normal again.
 
2017-12-07 10:54:12 AM  
After eating in a number of real restaurants in London I can understand why a fake one that never served a single meal managed to get ranked number one without any questions asked.

The American to English food translation:
Bar food = Pub food
US Mall food = English Chain food
US Chain restaurant food = English Good restaurant food
Good US restaurant food = A trip to Paris
 
2017-12-07 10:54:14 AM  

The Martian Manhandler: Let me just say, that even after seeing multiple pictures of the writer in the article, I have absolutely no idea if that is a man or a woman


He's just a creepy, ambulatory British q-tip.
 
2017-12-07 11:04:37 AM  

Diogenes: The Martian Manhandler: Oobah?

It's a ride sharing app popular in Boston.


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2017-12-07 11:12:26 AM  

Diogenes: The Martian Manhandler: Oobah?

It's a ride sharing app popular in Boston.


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2017-12-07 11:12:41 AM  

Diogenes: The Martian Manhandler: Oobah?

It's a ride sharing app popular in Boston.


I just love this story, but I love you more.
 
2017-12-07 11:13:28 AM  
"It's just a weird part of the internet, I'm fascinated with the whole thing. Just how you can manipulate it but everyone trusts it.

That's because most people don't do what you just did.
 
2017-12-07 11:16:00 AM  

The Martian Manhandler: Let me just say, that even after seeing multiple pictures of the writer in the article, I have absolutely no idea if that is a man or a woman


Ok, so I'm not the only one who was wondering that, too.

thorpe: The original article is the funniest thing I've read in awhile.


That was hilarious!  But I've seen too many horror movies to let anyone blindfold me to bring me somewhere I've never been, especially if I'm in a foreign country.  Amazing how trusting people can be.
 
2017-12-07 11:22:48 AM  
There was only one intelligent statement in that entire article.

TripAdvisor said in a statement: "Generally, the only people who create fake restaurant listings are journalists in misguided attempts to test us.
"As there is no incentive for anyone in the real world to create a fake restaurant it is not a problem we experience with our regular community - therefore this 'test' is not a real world example."

Any vaguely informed consumer will read reviews with a bit of skepticism.
 
2017-12-07 11:27:50 AM  

Yoda's Pen Is: I found the hostess to be a bit of a hoe...


One would think the #1 ranked restaurant would be raking it in.
 
2017-12-07 11:30:56 AM  
"...a couple of people wanted to travel from Canterbury."

I hope they were a knight and a miller.
 
2017-12-07 11:43:56 AM  

max_pooper: Yoda's Pen Is: I found the hostess to be a bit of a hoe...

One would think the #1 ranked restaurant would be raking it in.

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2017-12-07 12:06:32 PM  
Here's the restaurant's website: https://www.theshedatdulwich.com/

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2017-12-07 12:13:11 PM  
I don't know. I cracked up through the whole article and then started to wonder if we'd find out next week that it was all a hoax on us, not TripAdvisor.

But I want to believe.
 
2017-12-07 12:14:39 PM  
Please stop farking with TripAdvisor. They're one of the largest taxpayers in my town. I need them to stick around so my property taxes don't go up into "non-deductible" territory.

Thank you.
 
2017-12-07 12:38:30 PM  
I guess this is the fun result of, "Play stupid games; win stupid prizes".

I hope they went through all the regulation of certifying and charging properly so the tax/food police don't ruin his fun.
 
2017-12-07 01:19:20 PM  

thorpe: The original article is the funniest thing I've read in awhile.

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I'm.... I mean I'm a little bit angry, but I'm not even really angry. Because... Wow.

It's like the Stanford Prison Experiment of food. Or something like that anyhow.
 
2017-12-07 02:02:31 PM  

lindalouwho: Diogenes: The Martian Manhandler: Oobah?

It's a ride sharing app popular in Boston.

I just love this story, but I love you more.


I visited Boston / Salem area for the first time last month and was amused to find they really 'own' the accent.  I saw a retail shop called 'The Cornah Store' and a roving food truck with 'Cookie Monstah' on the side of it.

/would visit again, but dang, meals are expensive
 
2017-12-07 02:06:31 PM  
I'm a level 6 contributor to Tripadvisor. All of my reviews have been impartial and truthful.
I resent pillocks like the guy in the article, who deliberately corrupt the data. They are in the same category as 'fake news' bots.
 
2017-12-07 02:38:10 PM  

thorpe: Here's the restaurant's website: https://www.theshedatdulwich.com/

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Seeing this, I actually completely understand why people thought this was legit. I've seem much more pretentious meal descriptions than the word salad on this menu.
 
2017-12-07 04:08:50 PM  

Ker_Thwap: There was only one intelligent statement in that entire article.

TripAdvisor said in a statement: "Generally, the only people who create fake restaurant listings are journalists in misguided attempts to test us.
"As there is no incentive for anyone in the real world to create a fake restaurant it is not a problem we experience with our regular community - therefore this 'test' is not a real world example."

Any vaguely informed consumer will read reviews with a bit of skepticism.


There is no incentive to create a fake restaurant, but there is an incentive to create fake reviews or rankings for real restaurants...
 
2017-12-07 04:19:24 PM  

lilfry14: Ker_Thwap: There was only one intelligent statement in that entire article.

TripAdvisor said in a statement: "Generally, the only people who create fake restaurant listings are journalists in misguided attempts to test us.
"As there is no incentive for anyone in the real world to create a fake restaurant it is not a problem we experience with our regular community - therefore this 'test' is not a real world example."

Any vaguely informed consumer will read reviews with a bit of skepticism.

There is no incentive to create a fake restaurant, but there is an incentive to create fake reviews or rankings for real restaurants...


Sure, that's why I said the informed consumer will read reviews with a bit of skepticism.

I find it amusing to go through the reviews of restaurants that I frequent, and try to figure out the motivation of people whose reviews are way off what I've experienced.
 
2017-12-07 04:51:43 PM  
Vegan clams?
 
2017-12-07 05:33:24 PM  

The Martian Manhandler: Oobah?


It's from that famous song: Too-ra-loo-ra-Oobah
 
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