Owned: Restaurant Uses Twitter to Put Blown-Off Reservation Guests on Blast


You know how sometimes you’re trying to make a dinner reservation but the restaurant you wanted doesn't take reservations and your second choice doesn't have the time you want and you end up calling a bunch of different places and making a bunch of different reservations just to be safe? And eventually as the day goes on and you whittle down your choices, you finally settle on somewhere but forget to call everywhere else to let them know you've cancelled? Ah well, after waiting a good 30 minutes to an hour, they’re bound to get the message right?

Wrong. Like standing someone up on a date or constantly switching around your Facebook RSVP just days before a big event, promising to be at a restaurant at a certain time and not being there is not only rude, it’s f*cking annoying. Which is why the actions of this Los Angeles restaurant owner probably seem totally justified, at least to anyone who’s been there.


According to The Consumerist, Eater L.A. recently interviewed the owner of the Red Machine restaurant, “which has been using its Twitter account to call out people who make reservations but don’t have the courtesy to show up or call to cancel.”

“Invariably, the assholes 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,” the owner told Eater. “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.”

Check out just some of the passive-aggressive, albeit funny, tweets below:



Of course, there’s always a brightside. I mean, at least they weren’t Instagramming.