Just a few short weeks after Tyler’s article on Yelp where he discussed all that’sgood and bad from restaurant review websites, a woman has possibly taken “food critic”to an all-time low when she pretended to be someone she wasn’t.

The woman visited Gary’s Handy Lunch on Lower Thames Street late last week,after complaining that she wasn’t being treated fairly and was not happy with the service from one waitress, another waitresswent over to try to smooth things over with the lady.

The woman told the waitress that she was a Food Critic and was going to give the restaurant a horrible review on Yelp, the waitress comp’d her food and did what she could to make her Gary’s experience right.

The waitress asked the woman her for a business card before she left and was provided with one.

After the woman had left, the waitress called the number on the business card, a guy answered and said he had never been to Gary’s or Newport but had given a woman his card recently in an airport.

While everyone can technically be a ‘Food Critic’ these days, there’s no space or place in Newport for pretending to be a professional critic and/or using someone’s business cardto take advantage of any business.

Ryan M. Belmore

Ryan M. Belmore is the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp. Ryan is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and serves on the Board of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and Lucy's Hearth. Send questions, tips, and story ideas to Ryan@whatsupnewp.com.