Wannabe French Food Critic Fined $8,300 for Fake Online Restaurant Review

October 28, 2015

The restaurant had not opened yet when he filed his review.

You could be fined thousands of dollars for filing a fake restaurant review. According to the Local, a user of Pages Jeunes, a Yelp-like review site in France, was fined €7,500 ($8,300 USD) for his negative review of the Michelin-starred Loiseau Des Ducs in Dijon. The reviewer wrote that there restaurant was “very over-rated. It was all show, there was very little on the plate, and the only thing that was well loaded was the bill.”

While the review was harsh, what made it worse was that it was…