I discovered I had the other day; a creativity-challenged individual named Jon E. lifted most of my review of Café Gabriela in Oakland verbatim and claimed my words as his own on Yelp.
What’s galling, aside from the fact that this fellow was thanked warmly by the café’s owner, is the stark difference in tone between my purloined post and his other Yelp postings, littered as they are with expletives, insults and multiple denunciations of “dirty homeless people.” If I'm going to have my words stolen I think I'd prefer the stealer be more than semi-literate...
What on earth could possibly possess someone to post a positive review of a restaurant online but to do so via plagiarism? I am thinking my CH post led him to try the restaurant and that afterward he cut and pasted it into Yelp, because I can’t imagine anyone would be so lazy as to enjoy a meal and then google around looking for posts to plagiarize, but who knows?
Has anyone else had this happen?