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Groupon Sales Rep Suspended for Alleged Threats about Bad Yelp Reviews

Excerpt from AllThingsD

Aug 19, 2013 5:32 am

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Playing the Yelp card is definitely bad form, and it makes you wonder (again) what percentage of user reviews on Yelp and TripAdvisor are the result of grudge-settling.

— Dennis Schaal

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A Groupon spokesperson said on Sunday that the company was investigating whether one of its sales reps made a thinly-veiled threat to a restaurant owner to have his friends post bad reviews on Yelp and social media.

The investigation stems from a Facebook post by one of the owners of Sauce, a San Francisco restaurant, which included what the owner said was an email exchange between he and Johnston.

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