In Taiwan, you go to Prison for Writing Critical Restaurant Reviews

Discussion in 'World Events' started by PTD, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. PTD
    Fiendish

    PTD Administrator Moderator

    This blogger went out for lunch, and saw cockroaches in the restaurant and thought the food was too salty. When she posted those facts on her blog, though, that was a criminal offense in Taiwan.

    Read the story...

    As much as I criticize our government, I've got to say that at least we don't get sent to prison for this crap.
     
  2. IQless1
    Blah

    IQless1 trump supporters are scum

    Singapore's has pretty tough laws too, I'm sure you heard of the canings for littering. Spit your gum out and miss the garbage? Smack with a stick. Do drugs of any kind? You're dead lol
     
  3. Lehigh96

    Lehigh96 Clown Hater

    First, the fine is about $7K in US Dollars. Second, if it actually was a fraudulent review, she deserved it. Called the owner a "bully" for the parking situation. Sounds like she had a personal problem with the owner.
     
  4. Stujoe

    Stujoe Well-Known Member

    I wish we had laws like that here. My dream has always been to open a restaurant with cockroaches, salty food and bad parking but I am afraid of those damn US bloggers giving me bad reviews.


    $7K US...probably about a third to a half of a year's salary over there. I wonder what's the exchange rate on Taiwan Jails. 30 days in jail there is like a year in a county jail here? ;)
     
  5. Lehigh96

    Lehigh96 Clown Hater

    It doesn't change the fact that the amount is misleading.
     
  6. Stujoe

    Stujoe Well-Known Member

    NT$200000 is NT$200000. What's misleading about that? And how is converting it to US$7000 with no relative context of worth somehow less misleading?
     
  7. Lehigh96

    Lehigh96 Clown Hater

    Was the article written in Chinese? Since the article was written in English, it is logical to assume that the intended readers are American or British. I doubt anyone in either country knows the exchange rate for the Taipei Dollar. The failure to list the conversion amount in the article is misleading. Honestly, if it had been $20K, it would have fooled me since I was just glancing over the article. It was only when I saw $200,000 in conjunction with a 30 day jail sentence that it caused me to stop and read it more carefully.

    Furthermore, my comment does have context. If you are an American traveler in Taipei and you are found guilty of this offense, it makes little difference that $7K US is half a year's salary for a Taipei resident.
     
  8. clembo

    clembo Well-Known Member

    Note to self:

    Do NOT move to Taiwan and pursue a career as a restaurant critic.
     
  9. Stujoe

    Stujoe Well-Known Member

    It wasnt a US news site so I suspect you and I aren't the specific audience. It is probably for national and international readers And since the blogger wasn't tried In the US nor paying in USD, your conversion was fairly irrelevant. I'd say totally irrelevant but I am feeling generous this morning since it is Friday. Plus I am sure all of the people here traveling to Taiwan to blog about places to eat will find your conversion extremely helpful. So you have that going for you.
     
  10. Lehigh96

    Lehigh96 Clown Hater

    So the intended audience was english speaking people living in Taipei? And there are all kinds of people who blog about everything they do, especially when they travel.
     
  11. Stujoe

    Stujoe Well-Known Member

    The fact that all their articles that are about the US are under 'World News' might clue you in that we aren't the primary audience. They don't even have a US Section or sub-Section. A look at their Sports section might help you too...hint: it's not focused on the US sports. But, again, kudos for doing the math for the international traveler/food and lifestyle bloggers who are reading this thread.

    But, really, even with your very helpful ciphering, the compensation to the restaurant is not the news in this story. You could face monetary penalties here for a libel case. That is a typical civil issue. It is the jail sentence, making it a criminal issue, that is the news in the story...as the OP highlighted in his post.
     
  12. Lehigh96

    Lehigh96 Clown Hater

    Wow, how surprising that China will imprison people unfairly. Breaking news for sure!
     
  13. Stujoe

    Stujoe Well-Known Member

    Now you are just being a clown.
     
  14. Lehigh96

    Lehigh96 Clown Hater

    Enjoy your holiday!
     
  15. Stujoe

    Stujoe Well-Known Member

    Another clown comment. I wouldn't do the crime if I was worried about the time.
     
  16. Lehigh96

    Lehigh96 Clown Hater

    Enjoy your extended holiday! Or are you saying it was only directed at a specific individual?
     
  17. Stujoe

    Stujoe Well-Known Member

    I am saying that any 'holiday' I get for calling a spade a spade, or in this case... a clown a clown... is ok with me.
     
  18. De Orc

    De Orc Well-Known Member

    Just to clarify words such as clown/fool/idiot/stupid are ok (so Lehigh you can still use it LOL) it is the more personal and abusive attacks that are out of order specialy when they become vulgar
     
  19. Stujoe

    Stujoe Well-Known Member

    Good news for Leigh. He can stop being afraid and let his inner Angry Clown run free.
     
  20. Lehigh96

    Lehigh96 Clown Hater

    Nobody is afraid here Stuclown, just wanted clarification. Sorry to use you like that, but it's okay, you had no idea.
     

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