Blogger in Taiwan Jailed for Calling Food "Too Salty"

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Members of the Taiwan Restaurant Critics Association after they paid an ill-advised visit to T.G.I. Friday's in Taipei.
Remind us not to write about the food in Taiwan. On Tuesday, a blogger in Taiwan was sentenced to a month of detention and two years probation for writing that a restaurant's beef noodles were "too salty."

From the Taipei Times:

"The Taichung branch of Taiwan High Court on Tuesday sentenced a blogger who wrote that a restaurant's beef noodles were too salty to 30 days in detention and two years of probation and ordered her to pay NT$200,000 in compensation to the restaurant."

The Taichung District Court ruled that the blogger, surnamed Liu, made comments that "exceeded reasonable bounds." Apparently, she wrote that the food at a Taichung beef noodle restaurant was too salty and that she saw cockroaches there while she was eating her dried noodles and side dishes.

Calling a restaurant's food "too salty" is "exceeding reasonable bounds?" Insatiable Critic Gael Greene would be so totally screwed in Taiwan. And we're pretty sure the cockroaches Liu saw crawling around in that restaurant were the ones "exceeding reasonable bounds" in this case.

Yang, the restaurant owner who filed charges against Liu, hoped this case would "teach her a lesson." Guess the lesson is: If someone calls your beef noodles too salty, send them to prison because that's way more reasonable than using a little less salt next time.

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BrianO
BrianO

Sorry.  I meant to say in TaiChung (which is near where I live, by the way).

BrianO
BrianO

What I fail to comprehend is how much importance they gave to a single blogger's posts.  99% of bloggers type merrily away for an audience that can be numbered on their fingers and toes.  Is she widely read and respected in Taipei or something?

BananaRepublicCapitalist
BananaRepublicCapitalist

Everyone!  All together now:"SHOW ME WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!""THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!"

Gilsonite2001
Gilsonite2001

This is from my friend in Taiwan.

It happens from time to time. Noodles with too much salt and cockroaches in the restaurants are pretty common here. Although she might be right, the comment she made in public can put the restaurant out of business without having any opportunity to improve. Of course if she did not tell the truth, she deserves even more detention. /Mark Hsia

Crispy
Crispy

What is the restaurant name?  I'd like to give it a scathing review.

dallas_paul
dallas_paul

Do you have a reading comprehension problem? Isn't it much more likely the penalty stems from the cockroach comment than the "too salty" bit? More likely a lawyer would argue that cockroach comment hurt business and sued for compensation rather than prosecuting a blogger for a "too salty" post?

Steve
Steve

I can't tell you how many times I've heard that about my beef noodle.

Jeff Taylor
Jeff Taylor

I guess people with single digit IQs like you can only post stupidity and garbage.

Patrick Williams
Patrick Williams

Well, the story from Taipei said this:

 "The High Court found that Liu’s criticism about cockroaches in the restaurant to be a narration of facts, not intentional slander.

"However, the judge also ruled that Liu should not have criticized all the restaurant’s food as too salty because she only had one dish on her single visit."So, I think we comprehended it.

Patrick Williams

Edmundshopping
Edmundshopping

Actually, I think you should read the story from Taipei Times again. Including the third paragraph that you conveniently left out which comes directly after the two you quoted, the articles says:

"The High Court found that Liu’s criticism about cockroaches in the restaurant to be a narration of facts, not intentional slander.

However, the judge also ruled that Liu should not have criticized all the restaurant’s food as too salty because she only had one dish on her single visit.(these two parts are just the judges opinion)

Health officials who inspected the restaurant did not find conditions to be as unsanitary as Liu had described, so the High Court also ruled that Liu must pay NT$200,000 to the owner for revenues lost as a result of her blog post."(this part is what was actually ruled upon)

It is pretty clear that Mr. Dallas_Paul was correct when he stated that the issue isn't with the saltyness of the beef noodle soup but rather the fact that she pointed out there were health issues (cockroaches) while government health officials didn't find the restaurant as filthy as she claimed it was in her blog post.

Either you didn't fully comprehend the article like Mr. Dallas_Paul stated or you just like to defend shitty journalism.

Assurbanipaul
Assurbanipaul

Apparently, comprehended but failed to report the whole story. Thanks for the bait and switch.

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