Well, he ended up paying for it in more ways than just a credit card bill.
Walau! No need to sleep and work the next day, ah? Still commenting at 1:17 a.m. The amount of negative comments of his action speak for themselves.
It speaks of how nasty people get when they can post anonymously and when they don't know the full story.
since when does an invitation for lunch becomes brunch (and 2 months later)? and what qualifies a brunch when you walk in at 1:30 p.m.; isn't that considered as lunch? furthermore, it goes way to tea time. this guy obviously overstays his welcome. so what do you call breakfast, lunch and tea combined together? teabrunchsaurous?did he grudgingly paid with his plastic because he was charged in the first place, or was it because he had to pay for his uninvited guests? the other side of the story doesn't say much when you have someone that thrives on freebies and sponsorships speaking on your behalf. the crux is his credibility as a food blogger; will you trust what he writes in future? in hokkien, there's a saying: "Chiak Pa Bo Say Chui" (Don't wipe the mouth after eating). He's definitely been caught doing that this time 'round.
I'm not defending his actions. He definitely was in the wrong for inviting himself, coming late and overstaying his welcome. He also shouldn't have invited the two other folks to tag along - or at least not expected their meals to be comped. He did apologize for the attitude he showed when he did pay for their meals. He very much should be called on the carpet for those mistakes.And no, I won't trust what he says in the future about food he is invited to review. Although I suspect he will not be invited for very much after this episode.What I object to is the mean spirited name calling that I've seen on some forums. Especially the early posts that came out before his side of the story was published. Even after he posted his side, people still wouldn't back off.I also question the integrity of the restaurant's PR person. She is not entirely innocent either. People question bills all the time and some of them get huffy about it. But you don't see restaurants leaking those stories to bloggers and putting out press releases about why customers should be more gracious.The blogger's credibility is dashed. He damaged it himself by making those stupid mistakes but this episode wouldn't even be a talking point if someone at the restaurant didn't squeal.
i think it's fair game having the table turned, whatever conspiracy theory one might conjure. it's a pre-emptive strike by the PR and she seems to have the upper hand here. think what negative effect he would have caused to the restaurant by using his clout as the second most popular food blogger in s'pore (didn't his friends call for a boycott?). is the customer always right even if he's in the wrong?
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