Remember this story?
I’m still not going to write the name of the business, because, once again, my intentiontion was never to hurt the business, which is why I did not publish the salon name in the last post. (Which, with the tens of thousands of views it got, would have easily outranked the famous Yelp review on Google.) I was happy to just let this rest.
But he had to try again. And it’s just too funny not to share. I look forward to getting slapped with another fake lawsuit for this post.
So I got this message on Yelp yesterday from Paula M:
I am writing you because I didn’t realize my residence was on yelp, and I was wondering why people have shown up at our door for haircuts. I asked the girl tonight where she found out about my address, and she said it was on yelp. I didn’t realize somebody was leasing my new place as a hair salon prior. I just moved in about 3 months ago, and there have been 2 people ringing my doorbell and asking if there is still a salon here. I said, “I’m sorry, but this is a residence”. They looked at me like I was crazy. So I just did some research tonight on the computer (I am not computer savvy at all..lol), and saw your had a review about the former place. There is no place to call yelp about this issue, and was wondering if you knew how to delete the information or what I can do. I apologize for the trouble. I am inquiring about [BUSINESS NAME REDACTED] at [BUSINESS ADDRESS REDACTED] I am not sure if I need to check back on here or if your response goes to my email. Anyways…my email is paulajmurphy1960@gmail… Can you please let me know what to do. Thank you-Paula
I started laughing at this point, because there was barely a .2% chance this was a legitimate person and not just this guy trying to get me to delete this review. I mean, this “not computer savvy” lady takes the time to fill out a full – and hilarious – Yelp profile.
SHE LOVES KNITTING AND JEOPARDY! Oh boy.
I’m also pretty positive if you do a Google image search of some variation of “fifty year old woman,” she’d be on the front page of results.
(UPDATE: @sarahisastalker has informed me that she is located on mobile page 13 for the query “middle aged woman”)
(UPDATE 2: @amyrosebrown has discovered that “Paula M.” is actually bestselling author Kris Radish.
So I decided to investigate. Obviously.
I have a fake Facebook account. I’ve had it for almost four years now. I created it so I could get the 25th “Like” on a business page I was administering to set a vanity URL. I forgot it existed until I had a brief and shameful Sims Social phase where I used it to cheat. I never send messages from the account – but since the profile picture is of an attractive young girl (some random blonde I found on Google), I’ve got a LOT of creepy messages from other users. Some of them I personally know (and know are married.) But I digress.
I sent the stylist a message from the fake account after I got the Yelp message. I just asked where the salon was located, because I was interested in getting a haircut. I got a quick and friendly reply – he gave me the address, directions, and a phone number so I could schedule an appointment.
Well wouldn’t you know. It’s at the same address.
Apparently my friend Paula from Yelp has a roommate.
UPDATE: Paula M has changed her name to Julie W and no longer likes knitting or Casablanca. Damn.