The other day Deborah posted on Boquete Ning about three restaurants we have eaten at that she has liked.
An English challenged individual decided to respond with his review of the same restaurants.
First, most people know by now that Deborah is Marion’s daughter and is under tremendous stress because of the tragic shooting of her mother. Most intelligent people would be supportive and if she has had a small amount of enjoyment going out, they would have responded they were happy she was having food of her liking.
However, this charming fellow decided it was his challenge to tear down everything she liked.
He didn’t like Mezcla Gourmet because he wasn’t served as fast as he liked.
Then he went to town on Tops. He complained about the quantity of the food, the price and an evaluation of whether Panamanian’s could afford it and that the quality was only fair. The Pièce de résistance of his evaluation was the following:
I drive by Tops everyday and rarely see a customer their. Its easy to get something from spoiled food here, and for this reason we try to go to a restaurant that has at least some type of business. I knew a woman in Boquete that her mother worked in a restaurant their. She worked in the kitchen and was told by the owner, That when a bowl came back in the kitchen with soup still in it, to pour it back in the pot on the stove.
Now anyone reading this, that didn’t know better, might assume two things. One that there is no quality control of the products and management instructs left overs to be reused.
Talk about nerve. First, this is a very new location (Opening in August of this year) and reputations are precious. Badmouthing a new restaurant can be the kiss of death.
I can assure you they use the freshest of products and get rid of anything that are not the best of quality.
Second, they don’t even sell soup. The implication that they would instruct an employee to put a customer’s soup back in a pot is libel. Law suits have been issued in Panama for such.
I have zero problem giving a bad review for a restaurant if it is deserved, however, if I think it is an issue management needs to know about, I will talk to them and not post it on the Internet.
If you ever wanted to have an understanding of what makes an ugly American, look no farther than than this individual posting on Boquete Ning.