Restaurant Turns Yelper’s Lame Abortion Joke Into Fundraiser For Domestic Violence Crisis Line

The original Yelp review has since been deleted, but not before the Internet saved this screengrab for posterity.

The original Yelp review has since been deleted, but not before the Internet saved this screengrab for posterity.

Just like the rest of the Internet, Yelp is not immune to idiots who pepper their “reviews” with boorish, sexist statements that are probably intended to be funny. Most businesses would simply ignore this sort of non-feedback, but a restaurant in Portland (the one to the upper-left) saw a chance to turn a cheap abortion-based semi-joke into a worthwhile cause.

On the Yelp page for East Portland eatery EastBurn, someone named “Lee M.” wrote the following groaner (which has since been deleted):

“My friend and I picked up some hot girls here, but he got his pregnant. But she was Canadian so she went home and got a free abortion so it’s all cool now. You can get grilled cheeses here for $5.”

To which EastBurn owner Mike Bender replied:

“5 stars to you Lee M. for making an example of how this kind of disrespect toward women is shameful and not at all funny… As a thank you for spotlighting this kind of behavior, all proceeds through August from the sale of EastBurn’s Grilled Cheeses will go to the Portland Women’s Crisis Line.”

“It just seemed like a good thing to do,” Bender tells the Oregonian about his decision to donate the money to the crisis line. “We do a lot of benefits here and thought it was a good opportunity to give back…It’s especially pervasive in the restaurant industry [disrespect towards women] and it’s not cool.”

[via Eater]

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  1. CzarChasm says:

    I saw the joke as more of an indictment of the US health care system, but I’m not so sure what makes it sexist. Boorish certainly, but sexist?