Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Beware the Impersonating Food Reviewer

Posted By on Wed, Jul 7, 2010 at 5:15 PM

A few years back, a restaurateur I'd never met, but one with whom I'd traded a few e-mails over a food review I'd written of his restaurant called BW to chat. Turns out he was tired of me taking advantage of him several times a week for free lunch.

The only problem was, I hadn't had lunch at his restaurant in many, many months. In fact, I'd been in South America for the five months during which he thought he was feeding me for free in Boise. Apparently, some lady had been pretending to me in order to get a free lunch. Literally.

These things don't happen very often, but unfortunately, I'm sure they happen more than I know.

In fact, last week, a BW staffer had an awkward conversation with a restaurant manager who was incensed that a BW food reviewer would walk out on an $85 tab. Problem was we never sent a reviewer to that restaurant. Reviewer impersonation strikes again.

So, restaurant people, here's your guide to knowing the real BeeDub from the fake:

1. If there's a reviewer in your bar or restaurant the hope is that you'll never know. Our reviewers never announce their presence to restaurant staff. They dine like any other table.

2. A BW reviewer will always pay the bill and reviewers are instructed to tip well. They'll never ask for anything for free, they'll never ask for a discount and they better never, ever stiff the waitstaff.

3. If someone tells you they work for BW, assume they're full of crap. We've fielded phone calls from bar owners upset about the way "BW staffer John Doe" acted while bellied up. Usually in those scenarios, John Doe has said something like, "I work for Boise Weekly and I'm going to write a bad article about you." Thing is, John Doe has never collected a single paycheck from BW. If you own a bar or restaurant and someone says that, kick 'em out and tell 'em not to come back. Our peeps don't play like that, and if in some overly inebriated state they do say something that stupid, they deserve to get kicked out.

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