Blogger in Taiwan Jailed for Calling Food "Too Salty"
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."
Members of the Taiwan Restaurant Critics Association after they paid an ill-advised visit to T.G.I. Friday's in Taipei.
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.