As Thumper the rabbit famously said to Bambi, “if you can’t say nuthin’ nice, don’t say nuthin’ at all.” I often post reviews of restaurants, stores, and even visits to my doctors on line; good service, good food, good doctor visits, etc. are well worth my time to post a good review. If I had a bad time, a bad meal, bad service or anything bad, I just don’t go back to the restaurant or doctor, etc. That’s my unspoken review; I just don’t go back.
Of course, if something is seriously wrong or dangerous, make sure that the powers that be know about it so that positive change can happen. I’m just talking about the pissers and moaners who love to post negative reviews for some tiny little thing that doesn’t mean crap. The wrong review can affect someone’s livelihood or pay check.
It always amazes me when people feel the need to vent online about the waitress who didn’t come running at their beck and call, the salad that didn’t have enough cheese on it, and any little thing that makes them feel like they didn’t get the supreme service they felt they should have gotten.
Sometimes I think that people who post these negative reviews just want attention. That’s sad. Where as good reviews can boost sales, get more people in the door and most of all, positively affect the people who are mentioned in the reviews. Why be snarky just for the hell of it?
And here’s the kicker: those of us who actually read those negative reviews just think that the writer is a self-serving, entitled whiny ass. I stick with Thumper’s good advice: “if you can’t say nuthin’ nice, don’t say nuthin’ at all.”