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NJ restaurants go viral for threatening workers with ‘5 star’ review policy
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Two New Jersey chain restaurants found themselves in hot water after photos went viral of an employee notice that stated workers were required to earn online reviews of "five stars" in order to keep their jobs.
Both Tio Taco and Tequila Bar along with Tommy’s Tavern and Tap — owned by Triple T Hospitality Group — have found themselves at the mercy of the internet since the threatening memo from Tio’s Edison location went viciously viral on Reddit Friday.
"Every service employee for FOH is required to get a minimum of 5 Google reviews per month to remain employed at the Edison location starting February 2022," the post stated. (FOH refers to those employees who work in the front of the house, such as a waiter or hostess.
"The review must include your name and five stars in order to count," it continued, adding that there would be "contests" with prizes for those employees who can rake in the most top marks.
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The company quickly backtracked from the policy with Danielle Smith, a director for Tio, telling The Post the employee who posted it has since been fired.
"We made sure it was not enforced at the location, and it was 100% not company policy," she said.