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Yelpers Lash Out at Austin Restaurant After Owner Makes Controversial Sandy Hook Comments

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Yelpers are currently seeking revenge against an Austin, Texas restaurant owner in the form of one star reviews. A controversial rant that Eddie Nimibutr — who is either the owner or chef of Thai Noodle House, depending on who you ask — wrote on his personal Facebook ended up on Reddit. Nimibutr railed against the media focus on the Sandy Hook shootings: "I don't care if a bunch of white kids get killed. F**k Post-Racial bullshit. When kids from minority groups get shot, nobody cares." Needless to say, people are pretty livid about the comments, and the restaurant's Yelp page has taken an intense beating because of it.

Yelpers are rallying against the restaurant, filing dozens of one-star reviews, accusing the restaurant of having unsanitary conditions, and threatening the owner with physical violence.

According to Caleb W., "This place deserves to be burnt down with the owner in it." Will N adds, "Is the the place where the owner comes out and shoots all the little kids??...I'm hungry but I think I'll go somewhere the owner isn't going to committ [sic] murder with me as a widness [sic]." Other reviews call Nimibutr "a sub-human, emotionless scumbag," "borderline dangerous and unhinged," "a disgusting individual," "a complete dick," "psycho, racist, hate-filled bully," "a fucking tool," "a sad soul," "a really evil person," and a whole lot of other stuff.

After the post started going viral, Nimibut tweeted, "I apologized over and over, but I guess it's not enough. Sad and long morning." He has deleted the original post.

This is not the first time Yelpers have taken revenge against a restaurant for doing something they disliked: when Denver chef Scott Parker called Yelpers "inbreds," they responded with single stars. A San Francisco restaurant that partially blamed Yelp for its shutter got a bunch of "GOOD RIDDANCE" reviews. And of course, there was Mario Batali and the bankers.

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