That Time Yelpers Took Revenge On A Bigot Restaurant Owner
from the have-a-gay-old-time dept
We’ve seen several examples of how Yelp and online reviews can impact a company’s behavior. Sometimes that impact takes the form of the company in question going nuclear on the reviewers and subsequently crying “hack.” Other times companies attempt to get reviewers into hot water through criminal charges. Or a company can just attempt to charge negative reviewers a couple thousand bucks, because that makes business sense. Mind you, none of this has slowed down the practice of the internet punishing poor behavior through negative reviews, including times when those reviews take on a farcical and/or creative tone.
Such is the case with with the owner of the Chicaro Club, a restaurant and bar in Oklahoma. See, Gary isn’t what you’d call the most progressive business owner on the planet.
Last week, when a KFOR-TV reporter asked the owner of an Enid, OK, restaurant/bar about allegations that he wasn’t exactly the most open-minded businessman in town, he admitted, “I’ve been in business 44 years, I think I can spot a freak or a faggot… I really don’t want gays around. If I reached over there and slapped the sh** out of you, you should be offended,” he explained. “But to call someone a ‘chink’ or someone call me a bigot, that doesn’t bother me.”
Ha! Racism and bigotry! Good one, Gary! Now, while Gary’s speech and behavior are wholly reprehensible, that whole freedom of speech thing protects such asshattery. But it’s a good thing it also protects the creative reviewers of Gary’s establishment over at Yelp, too, because they’re going to town on him as a matter of protest. Some highlights for you:
The mandatory “pants check” at the entrance was a little off-putting at first, but I totally understood once I got to the men’s room. Definitely the hottest underwear party I’ve ever been to, and Gary takes the cake (and the FROSTING) as the best pivot man in the history of circle jerks! – Bruce M.
As a polysexual demiromantic Peruvian atheist that physically identifies as handicapped and ethnically identifies as a Cambodian transgendered sea turtle, it’s understandably hard for me to find a place to fit in. This place was my safe zone. I’ll never forget my first time. As a young newly open entity (I don’t believe in labeling myself), I was looking for a place to feel free. The chick-fil-a had recently been shut down by the board of health and I was heartbroken. I found this place by coincidence. I had met this wonderful man on grindr, and mid-coitus, he stopped and asked me if I had ever been to Chicaros club. I told him I hadn’t, and off we went. – Alex R.
Awesome place. My girlfriend and I stopped in and at first we were a little worried that all of the gay guys there might not be down with a couple of lesbians hanging out. My fears were quickly dashed! Not only was everyone super nice, the owner joined us all in a rousing rendition of “We Are Family”! The best part is that, after he found out that I was on welfare, the owner comped my entire meal and gave us a complimentary steak! What a guy! – Allison B.
Yes, the reviews are sophomoric, delightfully so. And, yes, this is just trolling to piss off Gary. But this is the internet people. Protest via trolling with a little public shaming dashed in is what the internet is for. Fortunately, there are enough serious reviews mixed in with the jokes such that I wouldn’t expect any unsuspecting homosexuals to accidentally go to the Chicaro Club to hit on Gary.
All that’s left is to see how Gary chooses to react to his new-found fame and glory. If he’s a man of his word, he won’t care one bit. If my faith in humanity is justified, hopefully he’ll keep on not caring as he goes out of business due to a chronic lack of customers.