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Blogger Jailed For Saying Restaurant’s Noodles Were Too Salty

by | 24th, June 2011

MRS Liu has been jailed for telling the world and owners of  the Sichuan Flavour Beef Noodle Restaurant in Taichung, Taiwan, that the noodles there are too salty. She posted her review on the internet. The Taipei Times says Liu ate at the place in 2008. She said the place was infested with cockroaches. The eatery read the review and sued Liu for defamation. The matter came to the high court in Taichung. It ruled that Mrs Liu was fine to say the place had insects, it being a “narration of the facts“.

But the judge said that Liu had only tried one serving of noodles and that was not enough to form an opinion of all noodles. She was duly jailed for 30 days in jail, placed on probation, for two years and ordered to pay £4,300 in compensation to the restaurant.

She has our sympathies. Having eaten one iffy bowl of noodles and seen the bugs, would you order more? It also begs the question of how many dishes a restaurant critic has to eat before they can form a fair opinion? And how crule it would be if the Sichuan Flavour Beef Noodle Eatery had the contract to serve the nosh in jails…

Posted: 24th, June 2011 | In: The Consumer Comment | TrackBack | Permalink