Restaurant blogger jailed for salty review
A Taiwanese blogger has been jailed after posting an unfavourable restaurant review on the internet.
The woman, named only as Mrs Liu, upset the owner of the Sichuan Flavour Beef Noodle Restaurant in the central city of Taichung after posting the comment on her blog after visiting the restaurant in 2008.
She complained that the food was “too salty”, that there were cockroaches, and that the owner was a “bully”, according to the Taipei Times.
After learning of the review the owner then sued Mrs Liu for defamation.
Although the high court in Taichung ruled that Mrs Liu was within her rights to pass comment on the cockroaches she was unqualified to pass judgement on the restaurant as she had only eaten one meal there.
Mrs Liu was sentenced to 30 days in jail, a further two years of probation, and ordered to pay £4,300 in compensation to the restaurant for the damage she had caused. She was also told to apologise and refused the right to appeal.
The owner of the restaurant, named as Mr Yang, said he hoped the case would teach her a lesson. Huang Cheng-lee, a lawyer in Taichung, said restaurant reviewers should remember to be “truthful, objective and fair”.
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