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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25200 on: January 28, 2014, 02:45:12 PM »

I saw one where an SS gave a pizza restaurant a one star review on Yelp because they had run out of their regular pizza boxes and had to use a "ugly generic" pizza box.

I'm reading a lovely book about the American heiresses who went to England in the 1870s and later, to marry into the nobility. I'd heard of some of them, but I was unaware there were so many!
The SS part? The number of reviews on Amazon giving this book 1 star because 'I thought it was going to be a romance story.' The product description page clearly states that it's a work of nonfiction, and not a romance novel. But anyway, why give a book a poor review because you thought it should be of a totally different genre? I want to post a sarcastic response, 'I thought this was going to be a cookbook, but there are no recipes in in! It's a terrible cookbook!'

Ooh, sounds really good . . . title please?

"To Marry An English Lord" by Gail MacColl

You might also enjoy "In a Gilded Cage: From Heiress to Duchess" by Marion Fowler. Five American heiresses became British Duchesses between 1870 and 1914. This is a group biography of those ladies (poor things. Except May Goelet, who picked a decent one.)
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25201 on: January 28, 2014, 03:40:00 PM »
There is an extremely nice restaurant near us.  Fine dining, locavore, and yet casual.  There is a review in Yelp, where someone gave them the lowest score possible.  Why?  Reviewer had family visiting from out of town, and they decided to try the place.  Twenty people show up on a Friday night, no reservations, and although reviewer admitted that they were seated in the bar and given free appetizers while the staff tried to get a table big enough for them, they had to leave after 45 minutes because there was still no table.  The stupid restaurant lost out on their 20 person tab!

I was so glad to see comments pointing out that showing up with a huge party at a busy restaurant on the biggest night of the week is a guarantee that you will wait.  Was the restaurant supposed to kick other customers (customers who had made reservations, I might add) out because you are just so SS?
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25202 on: January 28, 2014, 05:08:49 PM »
Perhaps there should be something on a review site where you can only leave a review if you use (for instance) a code printed on the receipt as a password. That way the company being reviewed could also check back on the transaction and see if it's justified. This could extend to restaurants, hotels, airlines - anything, really!

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25203 on: January 28, 2014, 05:32:05 PM »
Perhaps there should be something on a review site where you can only leave a review if you use (for instance) a code printed on the receipt as a password. That way the company being reviewed could also check back on the transaction and see if it's justified. This could extend to restaurants, hotels, airlines - anything, really!

I suspect many people would be reluctant to trust the reviews from such a site, as it gives the impression (at the least) of giving the business too much control over the reviews - if the dry cleaner ruined your best dress or the restaurant messed up every order at the table twice, well, maybe they just don't give you the part of the receipt with the code. Or they deny it as a valid code. Weed out all the bad reviews.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25204 on: January 28, 2014, 05:40:09 PM »
A business in Virginia has sued in court to get the names of people who left bad reviews. The business believes the reviews are not from real customers.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jan/8/court-rules-yelp-website-must-identify-seven-negat/?utm_source=Daily+Skimm&utm_campaign=7a50982d57-daily_skimm&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_74efee6205-7a50982d57-23992121

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25205 on: January 28, 2014, 06:32:55 PM »
I don't use Yelp at all.  I think the potential for abuse is just too high and there's no system with checks and balances.  Irate customers can be nasty and not always completely truthful.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25206 on: January 28, 2014, 07:17:20 PM »
I saw a similar review on trip advisor for a very basic (Travellodge for anyone who knows the UK) hotel in London.  They were complaining about nowhere to store their luggage, no one to take luggage to the rooms and no amenities in the room.

The bizarre thing is that Travellodges advertise the lack of such things as a way of keeping prices down.  You can get a room in the West End for under £100 a night, so what do they expect?

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25207 on: January 28, 2014, 07:24:59 PM »
I don't use Yelp at all.  I think the potential for abuse is just too high and there's no system with checks and balances.  Irate customers can be nasty and not always completely truthful.

There's also the problem of reviews that might be artificially high (e.g., left by friends of the owner).

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25208 on: January 28, 2014, 07:29:49 PM »


Ooh, sounds really good . . . title please?
'To Marry an English Lord'. I can see how the title might confuse someone into believing it was a romance novel..but the review on Amazon makes it clear it's nonfiction.

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25209 on: January 28, 2014, 07:32:33 PM »


Which was also the "basis" for Downtown Abbey. I have this but havne't read it yet. I hadn't realized it was non-fiction, which makes me like it better, I think.
That's what attracted me to the book...until I read the 'other readers who bought this book also bought' section. There's at least 10 books that claim THEIR American was the model for Downton Abbey.  ::)

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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25210 on: January 28, 2014, 09:20:01 PM »
I don't use Yelp at all.  I think the potential for abuse is just too high and there's no system with checks and balances.  Irate customers can be nasty and not always completely truthful.

There's also the problem of reviews that might be artificially high (e.g., left by friends of the owner).
Our riding instructor asked us if we would please post a review.  I wrote an honest review, no exaggeration, but Yelp didn't post it because it was the only review I had written.  I saw an incident at my auto repair shop where the customer definitely was not right (her precious doggy bit my favorite service associate) and she posted a skewed review on Yelp.  She claimed he kicked her dog among other lies.  I saw the incident and posted another point of view.  My review was not left on the site, but hers was.  That's when I decided not to waste any more time on that silly game. ::)
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25211 on: January 28, 2014, 09:24:15 PM »
Today was a  :o :o :o Snowflake.

I was filling my car with gas when another car pulled up on the other side of the pump.

The driver got out and started to pump his gas.
No problem.

Then he pulled out his key fob...

...and started his engine.  :o
While we were pumping our gas.  :o :o

Which was when the guards in the armoured car behind me decided he was an imminent threat.
One covered him from the truck while the other two grabbed him and arrested him


Okay, that last part only happened in my head. :P
I just cringed inside knowing there were two sources of gasoline vapour next to an ignition source -while we we stood on a buried tank of fuel.
I finished up as quickly as I possibly could and got out of there.
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25212 on: January 28, 2014, 09:28:16 PM »
Today was a  :o :o :o Snowflake.

I was filling my car with gas when another car pulled up on the other side of the pump.

The driver got out and started to pump his gas.
No problem.

Then he pulled out his key fob...

...and started his engine.  :o
While we were pumping our gas.  :o :o

Which was when the guards in the armoured car behind me decided he was an imminent threat.
One covered him from the truck while the other two grabbed him and arrested him


Okay, that last part only happened in my head. :P
I just cringed inside knowing there were two sources of gasoline vapour next to an ignition source -while we we stood on a buried tank of fuel.
I finished up as quickly as I possibly could and got out of there.

I have done this by mistake.  I literally was going through the motions and just turned my car on.  And then after I put the hose back realized that I had my car on he whole time.  ::)
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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25213 on: January 28, 2014, 10:01:25 PM »
Today was a  :o :o :o Snowflake.

I was filling my car with gas when another car pulled up on the other side of the pump.

The driver got out and started to pump his gas.
No problem.

Then he pulled out his key fob...

...and started his engine.  :o
While we were pumping our gas.  :o :o

Which was when the guards in the armoured car behind me decided he was an imminent threat.
One covered him from the truck while the other two grabbed him and arrested him


Okay, that last part only happened in my head. :P
I just cringed inside knowing there were two sources of gasoline vapour next to an ignition source -while we we stood on a buried tank of fuel.
I finished up as quickly as I possibly could and got out of there.

I have done this by mistake.  I literally was going through the motions and just turned my car on.  And then after I put the hose back realized that I had my car on he whole time.  ::)

I had a situation a couple months ago where I ran my card, pumped my gas, replaced the nozzle, and only when I got back into my car to drive away realized that I had left the engine running the whole time. D'oh!



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Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Reply #25214 on: January 28, 2014, 10:05:12 PM »
Perhaps there should be something on a review site where you can only leave a review if you use (for instance) a code printed on the receipt as a password. That way the company being reviewed could also check back on the transaction and see if it's justified. This could extend to restaurants, hotels, airlines - anything, really!

I suspect many people would be reluctant to trust the reviews from such a site, as it gives the impression (at the least) of giving the business too much control over the reviews - if the dry cleaner ruined your best dress or the restaurant messed up every order at the table twice, well, maybe they just don't give you the part of the receipt with the code. Or they deny it as a valid code. Weed out all the bad reviews.

True, but perhaps the customers could have the option for the code to be hidden, which would still ensure that they at least were a customer, unlike the current situation where you can ruin a business's reputation while living on the other side of the world just because the news has reported some outrageous action on the part of the owner or waiter or something.