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Vegans and Restaurant Reviews

uwsister | Jul 12, 2011 01:21 AM

I was browsing Yelp reviews for a bakery and saw an one-star review for the bakery among mostly three and four stars. It was from a vegan, and the summary of her review was "When they first opened, I popped in and asked if they had anything vegan. They smiled and waved me on." This is a bakery with a word "butter" in its name, BTW. So I clicked on the poster's profile and saw she had given a whole bunch of one and two stars that didn't accommodate vegans. Even at places she'd never eaten, such as the aforementioned bakery, "no vegan choices" and she would simply give the business one star. I know it shouldn't have (it's only internet) but it did bother me - I know how influential Yelp can be (most everyone I know checks it before heading somewhere for a meal) and I didn't think it was fair for her to give the business one star, thus bringing down the average (significantly, if the place only has few reviews) simply because the business didn't accommodate vegans. Especially because a lot of people only look at the stars. On the other hand, it *is* her opinion and I can't say it's not valid, obviously.

I brought it here to see what other 'hounds think about it - what do you think?

Edited to add - it could be any special diet, this is not specifically about vegans.

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