“What does “Yelp” mean?” asked a friend whose first language is French. “It’s what little dogs do to get attention,” I explained. And then I yelped a few times to demonstrate to her how annoying it is. And so are many comments on Yelp. They are also mean, spiteful and are the handiwork of people with not much going on in their lives except to try and gain some kind of voice by trashing establishments and the people who work in them.
Yelpers, I learned will actually post their negative review while sitting in the very restaurant. Question – if it’s so horrible why are you still there? Why not pay the bill, stiff the server and go away? Or speak to the manager and give him/her the chance to make the situation right.
Resorting to Yelp is cowardly and worst, puts you in the class of cyber bullies. Thankfully, restaurants can’t commit suicide but horrible things have happened to individuals because of the cyber bully culture.
Not all Yelpers are mean. Many take the time to point out the good in their experiences. They don’t yelp at the help. They get pleasure out of writing something good. They are from the old school. “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say it at all.”