After a particularly bad restaurant meal, you may be moved to post a review on the website Yelp, warning other diners. But now someone else is listening in: New York City health officials, who may try to track you down if you complain that the meal made you sick.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a report on Thursday saying that the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene had completed a pilot project that used Yelp reviews to help identify unreported outbreaks of food-borne illness.
Using a software program developed by Columbia University, city researchers combed through 294,000 Yelp reviews for restaurants in the city over a period of nine months in 2012 and 2013, searching for words like “sick,” “vomit” and “diarrhea,” along with other details. After investigating those reports, the researchers substantiated three instances when 16 people had been sickened. Those people had eaten the house salad, shrimp and lobster cannelloni, and macaroni and cheese spring rolls at three restaurants that the agencies are not identifying.
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In which a Groupon employee blackmails a restaurant: This one-star review doesn’t come without a degree of bias. See, Andy J. (aka Andrew Johnson) is a sales rep for Groupon, and in his last email to the business owner, he wrote this phrase: "As a resident of San Francisco for over 25 years, I have a huge network of friends (ages 25-40) that all are extremely active on Yelp as well as other social media. I will gladly let them know how you treated me as well as my feelings about the people who run Sauce." Blackmailing someone into using your service; yeah, that seems like an effective approach.
“It looks the Hard Rock Cafe date raped a Cheesecake Factory and they produced some not-so-upscale Nascar/Rock and Roll themed restaurant where the servers are dressed like they know what they’re doing.”
“I’m a pretty fat guy, and no one knows good pizza like fat people, so listen up. The pepperoni with extra cheese is EFFING amazing. Everything else sucks ass.”
“I was so drunk that when I went to the lobby to strong arm the management because they forgot to announce Kori K.’s name on the loudspeaker, I dropped my 40 oz jug of vodka tonic and it broke everywhere. The lovely management at Medieval Times replaced it for free — that’s customer service!”