Taiwanese Blogger Jailed Over Negative Restaurant Review

A blogger from Taiwan who complained about the food and service at a local restaurant was fined $7,000 and sentenced to 30 days in detention.

In July 2008, Liu, a food and lifestyle blogger, visited a noodle restaurant in Taichung, later writing that the food "was too salty, the place was unsanitary because there were cockroaches and that the owner was a 'bully' because he let customers park their cars haphazardly, leading to traffic jams."

The restaurant owner filed a defamation suit against her, and the court, finding her criticisms had "exceeded reasonable bounds," handed down the harsh sentence on Tuesday. Liu appealed, but the decision is final, reports the Taipei Times.

Let's all now take a moment to savor our freedom to bitch long-windedly about our various dining disappointments on the pages of Yelp. It truly is a wonderful country in which we live. [taipeitimes.com, image via Shutterbug]