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At OpenTable, Some Reviews Just Won’t Fly

Written By Scott Joseph On June 6, 2013

My friend and fellow critic Michael Bauer at the San Francisco Chronicle wrote in his Inside Scoop blog about a user of OpenTable, the restaurant reservation service, who wrote a review that was rejected by the site. In the review, the diner mentioned the presence of fruit flies flitting around the table, not to mention dead flies on the window sill.

The review was not posted on OpenTable’s site because the service uses filters that flag reviews with certain, um, buzzwords. Apparently flies is one of the words. I can’t imagine fruit would send up a red flag. 

I wonder what other words are forbidden. Swill? Putrid? Mice and other rodents? What then to say about a place that specializes in ratatouille?

What do you think?

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