diberry - 3:52 pm on Jul 31, 2013 (gmt 0)
A couple of years ago, a new local restaurant opened. My Yelp review was that the food was very good, the service had a few bugs, but it looked very promising.
About 5-6 other reviewers complained of getting food poisoning there on multiple occasions. The strangest thing was, they all saw fit to go into graphic detail about their symptoms, which was disgusting reading. It was very strange and not credible to me (I've had several bouts of food poisoning; these did not ring true in so many ways.) But others may have believed them.
I assumed these reviews came from a competitor, but in hindsight that doesn't make a lot of sense - all the nearby restaurants are usually full, so this one couldn't have been stealing that much business from anybody. You've got to wonder what kind of malcontent would do this. Maybe one of those overly entitled people who think because the manager didn't lick their boots he deserves this kind of aggression?
The place closed down within a couple of months. A friend of mine had warned the manager about those reviews, but he didn't take them seriously. I do think they contributed.