Media Sharkansky: Shitty Tipper, Vindictive Jerk
posted by August 27 at 11:17 AMon
Last week, the friend of a waitress at the Fremont Classic Pizzeria posted an unflattering account of her experience serving right-wing blogger Stefan Sharkansky, his wife Irene, and their five-year-old kid on his personal blog, noting that not only did they let their child run around unsupervised, they tipped a pathetic 10 percent. Sharkansky—clearly a man who spends a lot of time Googling himself—could have let the blog post remain obscure. Instead, according to Blatherwatch, Sharkansky and his wife Irene
did [opposition] research, searched public records, got everything they could on her, like the trouble her kid got into; some profane old online rantings about boyfriends and husbands past, and posted everything on Sound Politics [a blog with a huge readership]. They also found out she worked a 2nd job temping at Amazon.
That wasn’t enough for Sharkansky, though. He sent a relative to the restaurant, according to Blatherwatch, and the single mother of two, who had worked at the restaurant for more than a year, chose to resign rather than bring bad publicity to the restaurant.
Then—despite the fact that the blogger had already taken down the offending post—Sharkansky demanded a retraction. Finally—after the waitress complied, with a groveling apology (“My place is to smile and serve food… Please, please forgive me”) and an official retraction (“I am so sorry for any pain or inconvenience I caused”) Sharkansky took the hit piece down. The damage, of course, was already done.