Restaurant shames lying Yelp reviewer by releasing security footage

Recently, a Bay Area Chinese restaurant called Wonderful received a one-star review from an allegedly disgruntled customer named Dan W. He posted a negative review of the restaurant, saying the service was terrible.

There’s a new documentary coming out that examines if Yelp exploits small business owners and this bit of surveillance footage would be a perfect addition to it.

Recently, a Bay Area Chinese restaurant called Wonderful received a one-star review from an allegedly disgruntled customer named Dan W. He posted a negative review of the restaurant, saying the service was terrible. (Please excuse his bad grammar):

I was flying solo that night, after a particularly challenging day. The waiter came up and asked how many. I said one, I had planned to sit at the bar or get the food to go. She said “one? no, one?” and then ran off. I waited a minute at the door, and then left. They were busy and potentially understaffed. It’s not that classy of a place, but they refused to seat me.

The management at Wonderful noticed the review and were immediately skeptical. So skeptical that they actually reviewed their security footage to track down when Dan visited.

It turns out that Dan never asked for a table – or even spoke to anyone for that matter. As the security video reveals, he walks in, looks around, and leaves about 22 seconds later.

After the video started circulating the web, Dan removed his negative review.


h/t Grub Street



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    March 29, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    Just curious. How do they know that was the corresponding footage??

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    Mary G

    March 30, 2015 at 12:17 am

    How would they know that was the guy? What a crock.

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    John-Christopher Ward

    March 30, 2015 at 12:31 am

    That is the problem with yelp and urbanspoon: no gatekeeper

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    March 30, 2015 at 12:33 am

    That video doesn’t prove a thing. Would be very sad if someone made up this article to counter act one bad review

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    March 30, 2015 at 12:34 am

    Sadly, lately Yelp has become one of the most unreliable review sites out there. Oh, well.

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    Rishikesh Chhabra

    March 30, 2015 at 5:59 am

    How did the restaurant know that was Dan? Just curious

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    March 30, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    There is, of course, the general problem of “Who polices the policeman?” But in this particular case, Yelp could do itself a great favor by banning “Dan” and removing all other reviews attributed to him. The least they could do to protect their brand,

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    April 2, 2015 at 11:45 am

    Perhaps he was the only one that walked in and left without being seated?

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    April 2, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    To me looks like a totally fake video. Notice how the “customer” is wearing a hat that practically covers his entire face, looks like he is intentionally tilting his face to avoid view of camera. I kinda think the owner is the actor.

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