Posts Tagged ‘fraud’

Yelp no Help

May 22, 2013

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I had a comment for a company on Yelp (among other places) and recently found it had been removed by their “spam filter”.

So I read their fac on what the spam filter was and how it works. Apparently this brilliantly-engineered piece of work can determine which comments are real and which ones are phony. You know, those people (usually competitors) who post bad reviews to make the competition look bad or friends of the owner of the business who praise it to the skies, usually with five stars and gushing with adoration.

So their filter removes all those annoyingly misleading comments so you can get the “real” story on the business.

Only thing, my and the other four complaints were removed as spam and the newest post (posted yesterday) is credited with being the “First Review” of this business… ignoring the other four, two of which were posted three years ago.

And this current, “First Review” even states: “the company asked me to put something up here”.

Another poster commented that Yelp was not doing anyone any good by showing only the Five ***** Star rated comment and hiding all the negative comments (i.e. complaints).

So I looked around the site and noticed – sure enough – there is no place to register a complaint about Yelp!

That’s as bad as Angie’s list where they charge you to make a comment! Yes, not only do you have to buy a membership to find out the low-down on prospective services, you actually have to pay to even register a comment about a company or service.

Oh, well… I guess we’ll just all have to learn the hard way: through our own mistakes.

The big companies are all too busy looking out for each others’ interests.


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Tortuous Interference

February 21, 2013

A month ago I got an email with the above title as the subject line. The email was from the fellow who had installed our geo-thermal system and the first thing I thought was “OMG, there’s been a recall on our heat unit because of some sort of ‘tortuous interference’. Oh, no!”.

Fortunately, it was nothing of the sort.

It was, however, very short.

He had apparently read one of the postings I had put up complaining about his service, or near-to-complete lack, thereof.

He claimed I had several “inaccuracies” and stated that I had posted his “direct name” to a “public internet website”. And he graciously gave me a whole 24 hours to meet his demands.

Hey, I would have been happy to use his indirect name but all I had was his “direct” one. And I might have posted it elsewhere but the only internet sites I found were public.

So I wrote him back asking for a little more specificity in regard to what he was talking about. Namely, which website was he referring to, and the exact phrases that were slanderous and untrue.

I mean, I would hate to go to the Better Business Bureau or the Chamber of Commerce website and clean them up properly and then find out he was talking about Yelp or Complaint.com or one of the other places I mentioned his poor service.

Heck! He might’ve even been talking about this blog!!

I wanted to upload it to Angie’s List as well but they wanted to charge me to post a complaint. And now I wonder how useful – really – her “great” site is when people willing to write a review have to pay to get it listed. Really! What cheek!

Anyway, the twenty-fours passed without any further response from him. So he either cooled down, deleted the email, or forwarded the entire mess to his lawyer.

And, speaking of lawyers, I also clued him in to the exact wording I think he was trying to get across.

It’s not “tortuous interference” but rather “tortious interference”.

The legal meaning is that he accuses me of helping one of his contracting parties (i.e. “a client”) break their contract (i.e. “tort”) with him by promising them a better deal than they had with him, so I can make the money he should have rightfully been entitled.

The only problem with that scenario is that I have no idea who he has contracts with, nor did I influence them to break their deal with him because I had any sort of better offer for them. And I certainly made no money off any such wild supposition.

Hmm, maybe my years of studying law might come into use here, huh?

Except that he has not responded to my interrogatory.

Perhaps I should motion for suspension or commutation of the case?

Any torts… er, thots on the matter?


Barack, Keep in Touch…

April 6, 2012

Last year there was a faint whisper raised to a roar. Donald Trump joined in on the side of the birthers and demanded Barack Obama produce his birth certificate long form.

The President said he was surprised… didn’t know the thing was an issue… et cetera.

I thought, at the time, that Obama should not have “acted” so in the dark about the situation. Sure the problem was not mainstream by any means but there had been plenty of court cases already trying to pry the document loose from the clenched fist in Honolulu.

For Obama to say he knew absolutely nothing of the issue seemed, to me at least, humorously infantile.

Now we hear Obama leveling threats at the Supreme Court to treat his healthcare reform with a little respect. He said it would be very bad if they would dare overturn a piece of legislation of this magnitude that was overwhelmingly loved by the people.

Which people was he talking about? The citizens of Nutgrove, Wisconsin, population fourteen?

He certainly could not have been referring to the country he heads up as even the most favorable polls show the majority want it changed or scrapped. Where are the people who actually want the damned thing?

Oh, I see, the “people” he was referring to were the owners, directors, and controllers of the insurance companies who are going to benefit like crazy from this bill just like they did from mandatory auto insurance and mandatory house insurance.

So, Barack is as out-of-touch with reality on the healthcare issue as he was with the birth certificate issue.

Yes, our President really has his thumb on the pulse of the issues… just like Bush Jr. did, huh?

And, BTW, there are an awful lot of people still concerned about that Birth Certificate… seems they still want to see the “real” one and not the paste-up job released in 2011 in response to Trump’s outcry.

And isn’t it strange that shortly after that revelation, Trump disappeared from the scene… just like Ross Perot did years before.

Isn’t American politics a blast!? They just keep recycling what seems to have worked.