4. Write a blog post about a negative review you left on something.
I do not often leave negative reviews unless I really think a place stunk. I am usually looking for the things to glom onto that might redeem a place, actually. So while I will focus on one bad review in particular, I will also mention two others that were brief but cutting:
My Favorite Books – Tallahassee used bookstore; one star
My review: I wanted to give them my money but demanding people wear masks, STILL, is absolutely ridiculous. A used bookstore, love them as I may, is a business in danger of going out and this is not helping!
Ancient City Brewing Taphouse – St. Augustine; two stars
My review: Building smells like sewage; beer is mediocre. Cool art from locals for sale though.
But here’s my most recent review that I sat on for a bit then still wrote it out of anger:
Trader Joe’s – Tallahassee; two stars (only because I can still find cookie butter there)
My review: I don’t know why I go here: I am definitely not the target audience, as I don’t drive a Prius, wear a mask (still!), nor am I rude. Just walking in this place is frustrating because it’s so cramped and people are lacking in self awareness and just run right into you. I went in looking for the seasonal cookie butter imperial stout but apparently Florida didn’t get it. Wanted to get cookie butter instead and I made direct eye contact with a cashier, he gave me the stink eye, then ushered in a woman with a full cart to his lane. Yeah, I think I’ll be skipping TJ’s for a while.
In going through my reviews, I found this gem, which I’d forgotten about entirely:
Wendy’s – Tallahassee I-10 location; one star
My review: For starters, the drive-thru line was NOT moving, presumably because the kitchen staff, who I witnessed once I parked to go inside, was busy getting high in the parking lot. Inside, I waited 10 minutes for one person to order then, when the next guy was up, the man working the counter took a personal call and proceeded to argue with someone about personal money matters. I’m sorry but that’s really unacceptable. All I wanted were some Frostys – fast food is generally gross – but I went to the location down the road on Capital circle and received much better service. Skip this location at all costs.
So the trend we see here is that I only give bad reviews when I feel like I’ve been personally wronged. If the service was bad and the food was good and then vice versa, a place will still get 3-4 stars from me, depending. You have to really screw it up to get a bad review from me so take heed of these locations! Not that y’all would go here anytime soon but hey, you never know!