If you happen to live in or are visiting Los Angeles, whatever you do, don't make a reservation at acclaimed Beverly Hills restaurant Red Medicine and then be a no-show.
The restaurant's decision to publicly shame no-shows on its official Twitter account is creating a buzz and is getting mixed reviews. Some are supporting the restaurant for blasting inconsiderate diners, while others think it was over the top to name and shame people for not keeping a reservation.
Here are a few of the tweets from Red Medicine:
Hi Kyle Anderson (323), I hope you enjoyed your gf's bday and the flowers that you didn't bring when you no-showed for your 815 res. Thanks.— Red Medicine (@redmedicinela) March 24, 2013
Also, big thanks to Carlos MacManus, Colin Rolfs, Allison Joyce, Sam Java, Daniella Brown, and Matt Lopez for no-showing btwn 730p-930p.— Red Medicine (@redmedicinela) March 24, 2013
Also, big thanks to Carlos MacManus, Colin Rolfs, Allison Joyce, Sam Java, Daniella Brown, and Matt Lopez for no-showing btwn 730p-930p.— Red Medicine (@redmedicinela)March 24, 2013
In an interview with Eater LA, the restaurant's owner, Noah Ellis, said people not showing for their reservations has been a consistent problem.
“Invariably, the a**holes who decide to no-show, or cancel 20 minutes before their reservation (because one of their friends made a reservation somewhere else) ruin restaurants (as a whole) for the people who make a reservation and do their best to honor it,” he said bluntly. “Either restaurants are forced to overbook and make the guests (that actually showed up) wait, or they do what we do, turn away guests for some prime-time slots because they're booked, and then have empty tables.”
Do you agree with the restaurant's tactic of shaming no-shows on Twitter?
(H/T: Yahoo! Shine)