Y*lp’s fake reviews. How much are people paid to write 5-stars reviews on Y*lp?

San Francisco recently began allowing restaurants to open for customers to eat outdoors. Or as they call it, “Dining out” (Dahling). I don’t like the expression “Dining Out.” It sounds so pretentious, Dahling. All you’re doing is eating in somebody’s restaurant, whether the table cloth is white or not. Who cares?! But “Dining Out” is the language of the Restaurant Industrial Complex and other pretentious people who try to put on aires that there’s something elitist and bougi about their eating out, where most restaurants usually use piles of salt and high heat (both of which are unhealthy). People are not allowed to eat inside restaurants at this time in San Francisco. So, I went to see how that was going and I saw the two restaurants near me that had applied for that outdoor permit from The City. I checked on one of them. As of this writing, the restaurant has two real reviews (1 and 2 stars) and about 5 fake (5 stars) reviews. All the fake reviews were written the same day: 14 June 2020. Now that’s suspect. That’s often a give-away as to fake reviews. It’s as if someone (in Y*lp or the restaurant) told a group of people “Go on Y*lp and write me a short 5-stars review. Thank you very much.” One of the fake 5-stars reviews was written by some woman with an address of Santa Bárbara. Now what on Earth is she doing up here? She’s supposed to be sheltering-in-place (SIP) in Santa Bárbara. I guess Ms Liar didn’t think that through when she wrote her gushing fake review. She also mentioned how great the restaurant is for other things that one is not supposed to be doing at this time due to SIP. Her review was likely a copy and paste job from another restaurant. Only one of the fake reviews were from San Francisco. Sheltering-in-place is not something that these liars — or is all one person with multiple accounts? — think about when they write this caca. (Reminds me of my neighbour who pretends to be “Ms Devout COVID-19 informed” with her Cl*rox Wipes that she’s frequently bragged about, yet she’s violated sheltering-in-place for the past week.) The fake reviews were very short; roughly 2-3 sentences in length and with all of the fake reviews it was their first review on the site. Ah ha. That’s always suspect too and an indicator of a fake review. Obviously there are some legitimate first time reviewers but this was not one of them. So they were recently hired by Y*lp one assumes to write fake reviews? Or were they some of the Y*lp employees writing fake reviews? That’s another thing about the fake reviews: They’re often written by people — according to their city or town location — who don’t live anywhere near the restaurant or business they’re reviewing. They’re often on the East Coast writing such gushing review about a business they’re seemingly obsessed with on the West Coast! Or like one I remember: A guy in West Hollywood was obsessed over a candy store in San Francisco’s Castro. Another 5-stars review. They don’t have similar candy stores down there in all of Los Ángeles? I find that a little hard to believe. He had to fly all the way up here to get candy? That’s some expensive candy. The 1 and 2 star reviews were quite lengthy and detailed, about as long as this paragraph you’re reading. It was obvious they were real, and those two customers were not happy. Well, it serves them right. What idiot would go to a restaurant — with its stale oil and smell? — after its just opened from being closed for three months and expect things to run smoothly when they’re having to operate in a very different way? Loco./Crazy. Some jerk complained about only having 1 menu per table. The server told him they only made 30 copies of their now-limited menu. Under the new rules, the server has to throw away a paper menu after a customer has touched it/looked at it because that customer could possibly be COVID-19 infected. Of the two legitimate reviews, they spoke of small food portions, what food they did get taking forever to arrive at their table and inattentive servers. Oh, and their server placed another couple that arrived right next to their table. WTF? Sounds like they’re violating their own social-distancing guidelines. Then the server gave the new couple all of his attention. I fail to see the appeal of going to anything after its just opened, especially when it’s a restaurant or a bakery. But that’s pretty much brainwashed into many sheeple that that’s what they should do. “Be the first in line.” “Count me in, me too, me too.” “I wanna be first.” “Let me be first.” Ugh. Mature people don’t behave that way. So, I was wondering how much the restaurant and or Y*lp pays for their fake reviews? Of course, since lying is the norm today, one should expect Y*lp to deny that any reviews are fake or what I’m suggesting takes place. Y*lp would likely say, “We wouldn’t dream of having bogus/illegitimate reviews on our site.” Yeah right. Tell that to someone who will believe you. We’re not dummies here. You can take their word for things about as much as you can take the word from a politician. A friend of mine was once on Y*lp’s site. He wrote a few reviews. One was very positive of a business — oddly they deleted that review — and the other four he gave 1 or 2 stars. Y*lp deleted his negative reviews too, and then he said it looked like he had been banned because his subsequent reviews were not showing up, so he left the site. Then I did some research awhile back and found articles about fake reviews on Y*lp. You can read more about that here. The last thing I heard about Y*lp was this: “Y*lp announced Thursday it is laying off 1,000 employees and furloughing about 1,100 more due to impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic…. Y*lp laid off 1,000 employees and furloughed an additional 1,100 workers today as it struggles with reduced spending from restaurants. (April 9, 2020).” Y*lp’s agenda is to promote restaurants with glowing reviews because they get funding from restaurants. Well, that explains the fake 5-stars reviews. Would anybody miss Y*lp if they went out of business tomorrow? I don’t think so. On a related topic, 15 June 2020 was the first day that merchants in San Francisco allowed in-store customers. I found the hype about this a bit much but so typical of those useless, controlling and conservative, self-entitled, busy-body merchants’s associations. I can’t stand them because I’ve seen what they’ve done to my neighbourhood and others. But in this case they were hyping how “our customers are so excited to be coming back.” So excited? Why? So excited to spend money that they don’t have since they’ve not worked in 3 months and are struggling to pay the rent or mortgage and to buy food? Some San Francisco merchants give the impression that they live in the fictional town of Mayberry when they said, “all they’ve [their customers] been able to do for weeks is to walk by the store and wave at us through the windows.” Wave at you through the window? We’re talking about customers in a major city, not Mayberry where most people know each other. Who walks by a store and waves to the people inside in a major city? Maybe they do that in small towns, I don’t know. I don’t see people doing that in San Francisco. Most people are phone zombies and glued to their phones. They don’t look up and look in store windows. The merchants remind me of the trash of the Real Estate Industrial Complex. Do they ever tell the truth about anything to sell something? I don’t know what the big deal is about retail opening for in-store customers. I honestly think it’s more hype from the conservative merchants. I avoid retail stores whenever possible because I get tired of being looked at as if I’m their next shoplifter and a criminal. I don’t look any differently than anybody else. Mi amigo/My friend avoids retail stores for the same reason. He says he gets the same looks. If we happen to shop together, I usually stop in the area of the register and stand there and stand there with my arms behind me and wait for him so I don’t have to deal with the annoying looks from the merchant employees. Chau.—el barrio rosa