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July 3, 2011

It’s a Good Thing She Didn’t Mention the Dirty Knife!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Twistie @ 8:16 am

Thirty days in the hoosegow and a fine into the hundreds of thousands. That’s what a high court in Taiwan decided was fitting punishment for a blogger who complained online about her experience in a Taichung noodle house.

The blogger, Liu, visited the noodle house about three years ago and said the food was too salty, she saw cockroaches, and the owner let customers park their cars in such a way as to cause traffic jams just outside his restaurant.

Well, last month the high court decided that Liu needed to pay for these statements to the tune of NT$200,ooo plus the jail time in order to recompense the noodle house owner for lost revenue.

The good news for the blogger? It could have been worse. While health inspectors say the noodle house is not now as unsanitary as Liu described it to be back in 2008, the court found that Liu’s comment about cockroaches was merely a statement of fact and therefore not actionable.

On the other hand, her complaint about the saltiness of the food was found to be inappropriate because she ate only one dish.

I have to say, I think this one goes a little beyond the philosophy of letting the punishment fit the crime.

Perhaps the judges should have been required to eat the food before deciding whether Liu’s description was justified or not.


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