During tough economic times, even a bit of negative press can affect livelihoods
There is a certain responsibility that comes with reviews, and I take them seriously. In a good economy, a negative review from a site like this is probably a minor blip, but during times like these, even a bit of negative press can affect livelihoods. I realize that what I say can have an impact on a restaurant’s shrinking bottom line.
Over the past few months, I’ve found myself doing something I’d never thought I would do: skipping reviews for restaurants that aren’t very good. I just don’t want to kick someone while they are down. There is, of course, a bit of a dichotomy here. The public has less money to spend, so are even less thrilled when a rare meal out is an unpleasant experience. I don’t want that to happen, but on the other hand I’m not thrilled about the prospect of getting a waiter laid off when no one else is hiring. There is a responsibility here that I’m still pondering.
I could just give good reviews and skip the forgettable restaurants, but that doesn’t seem honest to me. What are your thoughts on this matter? What would you do? I’d appreciate your input.