About 3000 votes of the nearly 7000 votes cast for The Beijinger Restaurant Awards this year have been disqualified. So says Mike Wester, the magazine’s co-owner, who I talked to earlier this week. Actually, I have this conversation with Wester every year: I call to ask how things are going, he tells me he has spent countless hours checking votes, and we both wonder about the kind of people who connive to fix the results to the detriment of both consumers and those in the business who do a good job and play fair.
Anyway, I have been hounding him to list who, where, and what received the most bogus votes. I realize some might be advertisers and that this is an industry where relations are so intertwined that today’s cheater might be tomorrow’s business partner, but it would be nice to see who is trying to give themselves a booster chair of votes at the table as well as to see who isn’t. Again, it stinks for the honest people in the business that there is the potential of being defeated by someone not on quality of service and product but on the ability to crank out votes, so kudos to Wester for making the effort.
The restaurant awards winners will be announced on Monday.