Benihana Kuwait sues blogger for $18,000 over bad review


19 Responses to “Benihana Kuwait sues blogger for $18,000 over bad review”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Next stop: Olive Garden.

  2. Brainspore says:

    Is Mike Servo the guy in the ad? Because that ensemble he’s wearing kind of reminds me of Tom Servo.

  3. Emo Pinata says:

    Benihana is pretty universally terrible, so it’s not a surprise.

  4. sapere_aude says:

    I’m not really all that familiar with the Kuwaiti legal system; but, for some reason, I have a feeling that the reply given in Arkell v. Pressdram (1971) wouldn’t fly there.

  5. Astin says:

    But Benihana isn’t very good. At least the one here. It gets by on the Teppanyaki wowing people who haven’t seen it before, but the food is sub-par at best.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I can guarantee that Servo’s lawsuit will result in dozens – if not hundreds – of more bad reviews of his own and other Benihana restaurants. He’s irreparably damaged the brand.

  7. elbowling says:

    Next time I am in Kuwait I will not be going to Benihana for the blowfish, it might jump off the plate and bite me.

  8. Anonymous says:

    This is a backwater of BoingBoing – 6 comments so far. And yet it’s an important story in an under-served part of the world.

    Here, where government censorship is rife, we have the first (this is a landmark suit) instance of a corporate company with multi-million dollar resources smashing a blogger with a lawsuit designed to ruin him/her (The damages mentioned in the suit are a minimum designed to take this out of the small claims court – they could ask for anything now).

    This is commercial censorship at its worst. This company not only sued a blogger for posting consumer opinion, they have deleted their Facebook page comments – hundreds of outraged consumers demanding this organisation do better than beat down its customers by using outdated and unworkable legislation – they are egregious bullies seeking to do no more than hurt those who will not agree that whatever mediocre, lacklustre standard this organisation sets itself is good enough for a developing country. They, and the company that licenses them, deserve international opprobrium and no less.

    Their awful reaction to this has already become a Middle East social media cock-up case study. Now it only remains to be seen whether this will become a global one.

    If Benihana remains silent, my money’s on global.

  9. SonOfSamSeaborn says:


  10. SonOfSamSeaborn says:

    Anyway. Presumably they can’t prove the loss of money, so ho hum.

  11. Gilbert Wham says:

    Gently remind him of the whole Cook’s Source debacle? I know it’s only tangentially similar, but does he really want that kind of opprobrium directed at his brand?

  12. imag says:

    Who did the calling? Was it Cory or the original submitter? I assume the former.

    If so, it’s nice to see some real fact checking and reporting!

    • teapot says:

      If so, it’s nice to see some real fact checking and reporting!

      BB isn’t a newspaper.

      I’ve never heard of ‘Benihana’ but “teppenyaki” in general is BS created to entertain foreigners. It originated from when US soldiers were occupying Japan. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Japanese don’t like food being thrown at them when they just want to eat.

      In any case Benihana is clearly a company selling fast-food, posing as Japanese cuisine. I wouldn’t go there if you paid me…… unless the payment was to killdozer™® it!.

  13. Anonymous says:

    This is Kuwait, you can get sued for anything. Doesn’t matter what proof – it’s all about Wasta…

  14. Anonymous says:

    We posted a lot of comments on their Facebook page, and I mean A LOT, but they deleted them all… I have a screen shot of all the comments before they were deleted if anyone is interested.

  15. Phikus says:

    Servo, meet Streisand.

  16. Anonymous says:

    I like MARK MAKHOUL’S blog, it is FUN and satisfying to READ. I read it with FAMILY and FRIENDS, and will return OFTEN. LOL.

    (Not hard to pick the shill comments, even without the IPs)

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