It’s not unusual for businesses to promote glowing reviews from previous happy customers in an attempt to persuade others to give it a go.
The cherry-picked nature of the testimonies chosen to feature means we usually don’t bother reading them in full – and one Chinese restaurant has taken full advantage.
Foo Hua, based in Wanneroo, Australia, handed out leaflets to attract new custom, but some potential diners spotted a few hilarious additions to the advert.
The flyer features a full side of customer feedback, including all the usuals you would expect to see, such as “You’re the best, thank you Foo Hua” and “Highest standard of quality ingredients. The best around.”
But for those who take the time to read it in full, they’ve also thrown in a few less-than-complimentary reviews including: “I ordered fried rice without prawns, but I got a lot of prawns in my rice, I need a refund.”
Hidden in a smaller font between positive messages is “Food is bland and tasteless, will not order here again” and “Waited for over an hour, where is my food?”
It also included a couple of more comedic testimonials, with one reading: “Food 5 star. Service 5 star. Why give out a 1 star? Just because I can lol.”
Another added: “Food arrived early, very very tasty and fresh. Thank you so much. Delivery boy is [cute] too.”
The flyer went down well after being shared on Reddit, as one user commented to say: “I can appreciate honesty and transparency. I’d at least give it a try to find out for myself.”
A second joked: “I got a sneaking suspicion that the delivery boy wrote some of these reviews.”
A third wrote: “I like the inverse-humble-brag ‘This place gives out prawns when I don’t want them’.”
And another said: “Legend has it that person is still waiting for their food.”