Editorial: Restaurant Owner Pursues Commenter

Are Facebook comments protected free speech? What if the comments are critical of a business?

An angry proprietor from Marietta has filed a police report against a single mother over the alleged “loss of business” the pizza maker suffered after the young woman voiced her disapproval with the service she received from Pastime Pizza on the establishment’s Facebook page.

Instead of deleting the unfavorable review or trying to answer the complaint in a constructive manner, the proprietor first made ugly comments including a statement that the customer “could stand to miss a few meals”.

For the past several weeks the owner of the Pastime has been trying to retain an attorney to take her case and file a civil claim against the “complainer”. Having no luck with this approach, she filed a police report and is trying to pursue criminal charges. Marietta police have confirmed this is an open investigation.

The victim of this proprietor’s attack is Shannon Dye, who was not able to speak with RCNN about the matter under the circumstances.

Due to the voracity of the Pastime proprietor in pursuing the issue, the hard-working single mom, who is known for her charitable endeavors, has had to retain an attorney. Her friends have started a Go Fund Me account to help her with the legal fees she cannot afford. If you are interested, you can find that here: https://www.gofundme.com/2687kms

Even more important than your contributions is your support for Shannon as she boldly fights for free speech. The River City News Network is solidly behind this young woman and her struggle.

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About Callie Lyons

RCNN Publisher and Editor Callie Lyons is an independent journalist and author living in the Mid Ohio Valley. Her first book, Stain-Resistant, Nonstick, Waterproof and Lethal: The Hidden Dangers of C8, is available at Amazon.com and in hundreds of libraries all over the world. Known as a "warrior for public health", Lyons' environmental investigations have been featured in documentaries, including Good Neighbors - Bad Blood and Toxic Soup, on Swedish National Television and in numbers of television, radio and print media interviews. Her work has appeared on Nova's Whiz Kids and in Mother Jones magazine. More recently, a national audience has come to know her award-winning investigative work through the Environmental Working Group and interviews with leading publications like the Huffington Post. According to Dr. Arlene Blum of UC Berkeley, Lyons' first book provided the inspiration for the Madrid Statement, which documents the scientific consensus regarding the persistence and potential for harm of poly- and perfluoroalkyl substances like PFOA and lays out a roadmap to gather needed information and prevent further harm. In 2006, Lyons received the Associated Press of Ohio Award for Best Business Writer. In 2007, Ohio Citizen Action presented Lyons with the Uncovering the Truth Award for her environmental journalism. In 2015, the Marietta 9-12 Project awarded Lyons the Freedom Pin for her commitment to democracy and free press.
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One Response to Editorial: Restaurant Owner Pursues Commenter

  1. Michael Andollini says:

    I’m not sure which I find more amusing, the fact that someone thinks Shannon is hardworking and charitable or that someone thinks Ohio pizza is good. I’ll be honest here and come out saying that I am not Shannon’s biggest fan. She works hard alright, hard at running her mouth. Her bulldog like tenacity and insistance in having the last word at any cost is enough for me to prefer not interacting with her. (To be completely honest she is the one who decided to end our aquaintence as she does not much like me either at this point) . Saying those things are important to my point here though. This is not a bash Shannon post. I read all the comments that are still posted. It is obvious that the shop owner or representative is in the wrong here. Once you put something out on the internet and ask for an opinion you open yourself to both good and bad. If the pizza placec lost business it was not over Shannon’s comment but rather the response to it. All she said was that neither the food nor the service was good. All the owner should have said was that they were sorry she had that experiance, please come back in with your group and let us make it right. Hey pizza lady, go on Yelp and study how the more experianced business people respond to adversity. In your career this will not be the only negative comment you will receive. You need to learn this skill. As much as I dislike Shannon right now your personal comments about her weight, her professional behavior, and the fact that you drew her employer into it in a tit for tat proves that you are not conducting yourself honorably. THAT is the reason I would never eat your sub-par Ohio pizza. I am absolutely a pizza snob. I grew up in the pizza capital of the world. I drive through Ohio on my way to DC twice a year and have yet to have a pizza that is any better than say….Dominos level. Which is literally 2am I’m way too drunk and need food pizza. I am guessing Past Time is no better. It don’t really matter what I think about it. I’m never going to eat there. What does really matter is character. Shannon has the right to free speech. Nowhere in any of her comments did she say anything that could be construed as libel. She is, in fact, a single mother supporting herself and her son on a limited income. So how I will end is how I began. Pizza lady you are ridiculous in your apparent relentless desire for revenge. It is petty, small-minded, and unprofessional. Shannon needs to realize that free speech isn’t really free. Having the right to say something does not mean there is no consequence for it. She’d have been better off not responding after her initial review. She never did know when to be quiet.

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