Saturday, August 23, 2014

Jason Singleton Gets Yelp Reviews Removed?

I forget how long ago it was that somebody suggested giving Eureka's infamous bottom feeding lawyer, Jason Singleton, a bunch of crappy Yelp reviews. It was in the comments to a story somewhere about Singleton's latest shakedown of a local business- Porter Street BBQ. maybe?

I thought that was a great idea. Myself and a few others gave him one star put downs. I believe there were eleven at last glance. The one exception was what seemed to be some disabled guy saying how great Singleton was. Otherwise, I thought it a fun and successful exercise.

I received an e- mail from Yelp a few days ago telling me my comment was removed for not following Yelp's guidelines or some such. Took them long enough, although I still don't know how it violated their guidelines. As my Yelp account says, "I tell it like it is".

Checking Singleton's Yelp page now shows only one review left and it's a one star review saying he's a piece of ****. All the others are gone. Even his one good one. Wonder how they work that?


At 10:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One man's bottom feeder is another man's champion for fighting for people who have disabilities who expect businesses to be obeying the law after nearly 25 years of advance warning.

At 10:14 AM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

They are complying with the law as best they can. Singleton finds technical violations, such as a counter a half inch too high, then threatens to sue if they don't pay him off. If they pay him off, he drops it.

Most simply close their doors, which gives the disabled, and everybody else, even less places to go.

At 10:34 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fred told anonymous the facts.

At 11:13 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 1st commenter is misled. Jason Singleton hurts those living with disabilities AND businesses. He cares only for money, and too many like him come to HumCo and get away with it.

At 11:42 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

'Complying with the law as best they can' means... not complying with the law.

It's cut and dry. Black or white. The law, and specifications have been known for decades. Nobody has an excuse today for not complying with the law. Nobody.

Fred, you didn't provide a defense. You provided an indictment.

At 11:45 AM, Blogger MOLA:42 said...

Fred stated it absolutely correctly... he contacts a business and tells them if they don't pay him off he will involve them in an expensive law suit.

Pay him off, he leaves them alone.

For you and me that is extortion (blackmail).

For a lawyer that is defending the disabled.

Singleton is no hero of the ADA; he's an opportunist that has not a care in the world about the plight of the disabled.

Once in another blog someone accused me of being in league with Mr. Singleton. My reply still stands:

Mr. Singleton is not my Homey.

At 1:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You left out a crucial detail -- the business must then retrofit their facilities to be compliant with the law.

The businesses that choose to close claim they can't afford the cost of complying with a decades-old law.

Nobody else is making businesses provide equal access. If these businesses were telling black customers to go to the back door to be served, you'd be outraged, but when it's people with disabilities you're fine with whatever unequal treatment they receive. No, worse, you defend the practice.

Shocking, and shameful.

At 2:27 PM, Blogger Fred Mangels said...

The businesses were believed to be in compliance. Singleton simply finds minor technical violations and uses those to threaten the business to scare them into a settlement.

The disabled had access to the businesses. Otherwise, how could he use them to go in and nitpick over things being a half inch shorter or higher than required.

The businesses don't need to retrofit the supposed shortcomings, as far as Singleton is concerned. Once they make a settlement with him, the case is dropped and things are left as they were. Ironically, that means the disabled could still access the business just as they did before.

Ironically, again, many businesses choose to simply close rather than pay Singleton the money, which means nobody- disabled included- can access the business again.


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