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Rico Nasty: ‘Nightmare Vacation’ Album Review


Nightmare Vacation, the debut studio album from hip-hop rage queen Rico Nasty, is a musical manifesto proclaiming her sonic boldness and emotional progression. Although she is still considerably new to the rap game, Rico quickly made it clear that she would carve out her unique path with her bare hands if she had to. A slew of mixtapes, which she began releasing in 2014, showcased a ravenous young artist turning her vehemence into gold. Last year’s Anger Management was the pinnacle of her righteous indignation; the nine-track collaborative mixtape with Kenny Beats powerfully outlined all of Rico’s harrowing complexities with clarity.

This new record zeroes in on Rico’s vocal nimbleness and her cogent authenticity that has become more transparent with each project she releases. Opener “Candy” is a classic in her arsenal; its boisterous, bass-heavy percussion shows she can accelerate from docile to spine-chilling in under five seconds. “Call me crazy / but you can never call me broke” is not as much a taunt as it is a threat, which she expresses in a deceptively cheeky manner.

“Don’t Like Me” is a synthy trap dream where appearances from Gucci Mane and Don Toliver compliment Rico’s craziness with a more soothing approach. However, it still maintains its excitement as all three virtuosos bring a certain quirkiness to the song. “IPHONE” is one of the best moments on Nightmare Vacation, as Rico channels her playful side in the most alluring of ways. Amidst declarations of unapologetic madness, the lightness of “IPHONE” is a nice distraction and even a line like “Smoking so much gas / I forgot to put my mask on” feels jovial with its timely double entendre.

“STFU” feels slightly stale, with a repetitive chorus that spells out the acronym quite predictably. “Back and Forth,” which features a cameo from Amine, is lackluster, as well: Two of hip-hop’s most capricious personalities join forces on a track that holds a multitude of promise, only for the duo to remain subdued throughout its execution.

“Let It Out” is the halfway mark of Nightmare Vacation and serves as the perfect moshpit anthem. Rico’s raw screams of “If you wanna rage / Let it out” are visceral and even when she recites lines like “I’m a asshole / What the fuck’s new? / If it’s fuck me, then it’s fuck you!” it feels more defiant than offensive. “Loser,” where she teams up with Trippie Redd, is a thrill ride from start to finish. The young pair successfully team up for a collaboration saturated with moody melodicism that feels entirely natural.

“No Debate” starts off promising with a slinky and hypnotic beat, but 30 seconds in, it becomes obvious that something is missing. It’s as if Rico’s virulent disposition has been gently tucked away for a slightly more dulcet tune. In fact, this jarring shift runs deep throughout Nightmare Vacation. Rico is either dialing up the drama with chaotic caterwauling or doling out sweetness whenever the mood strikes her. Despite

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Rico Nasty ‘Nightmare Vacation’ Review

“If you wanna rage, let it out,” Rico Nasty barks over a strangled guitar that sounds like it could have been ripped straight out of a Korn song. The Maryland rapper uses her music as an outlet for aggression, her bottled-up emotions smashing open into a million shards. On “Let It Out,” a highlight from her new album Nightmare Vacation, she encourages the listener to take part in that same catharsis, to give in to their basest instincts. “I’m the asshole, what the fuck’s new?/ If it’s fuck me, then it’s fuck you,” she snarls, surrounded by cackles and bleats. “These bitches be trippin’, we are not cool/ Get the fuck out my way when I come through.”

It’s been a long journey to be able to harness the reckless abandon that Rico Nasty yields with such confidence on Nightmare Vacation. The rapper born Maria Kelly has put out six mixtapes in the last six years, all of which have found her refining her style without sacrificing any of her integrity. In 2018, Nasty marked her big breakthrough and it presented Rico as an already dominant force, shit-talking her way through battle-blasted beats and wielding her anger like a broadsword. Last year’s Anger Management, a collaboration with producer Kenny Beats, was another triumph, a 19-minute tantrum that had all the intensity of a hardcore record.

Nightmare Vacation is billed as Rico Nasty’s major-label debut album, but she’s already a force to be reckoned with. She stomps around like a horror movie villain, slashing her way through all those that doubt her talent and the demons in her own psyche. She’s freaky and fun, feral, deranged, batshit and leaning into her persona with full-throated enthusiasm. She’s built herself up as a formidable figure with a clear vision, a self-described “pop-punk princess” with a killer sneer. As she’s gotten more of a budget, she’s adapted that vision into high art. In her promotional photos, she’s wild-eyed and decked out in chains and spikes and designer outfits that feel decades ahead of the curve. On the cover of Nightmare Vacation, she’s floating in the sky on a messy bright-red bed, a rainbow and a lightning strike representing the sweet and sinister sides of her aesthetic.

She’s wildly ambitious, and those ambitions are hard-won, as she lays out on opening track “Candy,” a victory lap that takes her critical adoration and stan dedication as a given. Her first lines begin with a knowing cliché before twisting it to show how she’s ahead of everyone in the game: “On a dark and stormy night, I don’t blend in, bitch, I shine bright/ I heard your favorite rapper and he sounds like all-caps, sound like all hype/ But I don’t write reviews, that’s something y’all do, that’s something y’all type.” On “Candy,” she invites you along for the ride but reminds you she’s in the driver’s seat. “I won’t change the way I act no matter where I go,” she insists, hyping

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Could a Review Aggregator Benefit Your Vacation Rental Business?

Online reviews are an excellent way for property owners to get feedback on their vacation rentals. Reviews from past guests — especially five-star ones — are one of the best ways to attract new renters and keep your rental booked all season.

But there are a lot of vacation rental sites out there, and you’ve likely got your rental property listed on several of them. That means your reviews are scattered across the internet, making it difficult to see at a glance to see whether your property is a hit with renters. A review aggregator can make a world of difference in your vacation property bookings.

What is a review aggregator?

A review aggregator is a digital tool that gathers reviews of a product or service from all corners of the internet. For real estate investors who specialize in vacation rentals, this involves collecting all the reviews left by previous renters on any of the many listing sites your property might appear on. An aggregator brings all of those reviews into one place for easy analysis.

Revyoos is one such review aggregator, marketed as the only all-in one tool property investors can use to analyze renter feedback on their short-term rentals. At this year’s Vacation Rental World Summit, it won the VrTech Startup Competition, which recognizes the most innovative startup focused on the vacation rental industry.

Revyoos helps property investors by aggregating review data, which they can then upload as a widget on their own website. Collecting all those reviews in one spot improves SEO rankings, increases credibility, and tracks conversions — which can lead to more renters.

Social proof for your property

Online reviews provide the valuable social proof you need to attract people to your vacation rental. Social proof is the idea that people will buy or do things — like book a vacation — based on what people have done before them. That’s why online reviews are so powerful and it’s so important to aggregate your reviews in one place.

For example, a single five-star review on 50 different sites doesn’t pack the same punch as seeing all of those 50 great reviews in one setting. If you’ve got mixed reviews, a review aggregator could be your saving grace — bringing the reviews together for an average rating might, in essence, cancel out those not-so-great experiences.

And here’s something to consider: Even a less-than-glowing review can lend credibility to the other reviews your listing has. Stellar ratings might give renters peace of mind they’ll have a pleasant stay, but the occasional lackluster review might lead them to believe the reviews are written by “real” people and not paid for.

The benefits of using an aggregator

If you have a fully booked vacation rental based on word of mouth and returning vacationers, you likely aren’t relying on property listing sites to begin with. But if you’re newer to the short-term rental game or have multiple properties available, listing sites like Airbnb, VRBO, and others are your lifeline. Here

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Room review: Hotel Britomart, Auckland – Is NZ’s greenest hotel worth staying at?

The Hotel Britomart is the new kid on the block in downtown Auckland, yet it fits so seamlessly into the area that you might question if it’s been there all along.

We spent the night to see if New Zealand’s first 5 Green Star hotel lived up to the hype around its recent launch.

The Place

It’s a brand new 10-storey building in the heart of Britomart, with 99 guest rooms and five incredible landing suites complete with outdoor terraces.

Hotel Britomart – New kid on the block.

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Hotel Britomart – New kid on the block.

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The ground floor is home to not only the lounge-like lobby, but also kingi restaurant.

The Space

First impressions were great and somewhat earthy. Every detail of the lobby felt meticulously thought out, and there was a tale about most of the features within the space.

There are door handles crafted from Northland driftwood and dipped in brass, 150,000 hand-made bricks lining the walls, and a feature wall made from Muriwai black sand.

5 Green Stars don’t come easily – refillable toiletries, compostable slippers, organic bed linen and a recycling plan for the beds just scratch the surface on the thought behind the rooms alone.

The guest rooms are admittedly small, at 22 square metres, but still manage to fit a custom couch, desk and large basin.

There’s a real sense that the space has been designed to introduce travellers to New Zealand. There are local books, a large Tui wallpaper hidden away, and strictly local treats in the minibar.

The electric blackout blinds, and marshmallowy bed and massive pillows, all made for a deep night’s sleep.

The rooms are cosy at Hotel Britomart.

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The rooms are cosy at Hotel Britomart.

The Facilities

Because of the location in the heart of Britomart, there is no real need for extensive facilities. You won’t find a gym or swimming pool here, but if you’re that way inclined, there are options in the city close by.

The supplied bikes to pedal around town would help with that.

Dining options at Hotel Britomart.

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Dining options at Hotel Britomart.

The Food

Tucked down a leafy laneway on the ground floor is kingi, an all-day eatery that specialises in sustainable seafood. With some of the city’s best restaurants within walking distance, it’s easy to understand why they enlisted the brains behind Orphans Kitchen to take the lead on this one.

While the seafood was delicious, the burrata and wood-fired flatbreads were a stand out for us. A carafe of the in-house Pinot Gris on tap made for the perfect pairing. For breakfast, the oat hotcakes with walnut and raspberry were divine, we’ve already agreed to go back for brunch again soon.

Hotel Britomart is right in the centre of the CBD.

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Hotel Britomart is right in the centre of the CBD.

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Woodhaven residents encouraged to review five-year recreation plan before final draft to council | News

The newly proposed five-year Woodhaven Parks and Recreation master plan is now available for public review.

Residents are able to look over the plan and make their comments on it until at least the end of the month.

According to city officials, in order to achieve the overall goal of the plan, the process must be customer driven and oriented.

Input from residents, community leaders, school supporters, business owners and volunteers was being sought and integrated into the plan representing the priorities of the community.

Officials said with strong working relationships, partnerships and collaborations, the use of community resources will be maximized for the benefit of all residents.

Prior to making the final submission to the City Council for its consideration and then approval, plans call for the Recreation Commission to further consider and discuss the additional public input during the Dec. 21, virtual meeting.

Residents recently completed a survey asking for thoughts on various recreational activities offered in the city.

The responses from the survey and additional input helped formulate a vision for the city in terms of other programs, services and facilities.

The survey was designed to show officials how the services offered are working and what things would be attractive for the future.

It was put together to gauge opinions, interests and beliefs about the city’s parks and recreation department.

The input helped formulate a vision for the city in terms of other programs, services and facilities moving forward.

Some of the questions focused on improving the park system, the operation and maintenance of parks and facilities, city sponsored events, underserved recreational needs and prioritizing the appeal of various activities.

Recreation has been a focus for Mayor Patricia Odette over the past several years.

Among other things, she has brought playground area amenities, a dog park, Splash Pad, fitness trails, renovated Safety Town buildings, added a skate park and more to the city.

A draft of the proposed master plan is available on the city’s website at Woodhavenmi.org.

All comments, concerns and suggestions can be shared in writing via email at [email protected] or mailed to the Woodhaven Parks and Recreation Department, 23101 Hall Road, Woodhaven, MI 48183.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the city will provide necessary reasonable auxiliary aids and services to individuals with disabilities.

For additional information, contact the recreation department at 734-675-4926.

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An American man was jailed after leaving a negative review of a Thai hotel, and TripAdvisor has now issued a warning on the resort’s page



a large body of water: Koh Chang in Thailand. Getty/Chakarin Wattanamongkol


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Koh Chang in Thailand. Getty/Chakarin Wattanamongkol

  • TripAdvisor has placed a warning message on the page of a Thai hotel that arrested a guest on defamation charges after he wrote negative reviews.
  • Sea View Resort claims American Wesley Barnes wrote “a series of harassment reviews” which led to its legal action.
  • Barnes was arrested and spent two nights in prison, facing a potential two-year sentence.
  • TripAdvisor paid Barnes’ legal fees and all three parties reportedly reached a deal that would see charges dropped and the review deleted, but the hotel claims the travel site went back on its agreement not to add a warning message.
  • In a statement, TripAdvisor said it “strongly opposes any action where a business, like the Sea View Hotel & Spa in Koh Chang, uses local law to send someone to jail for expressing their opinion.”
  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

TripAdvisor has placed a warning message on the page of a hotel in Thailand after one of its guests was accused of defamation for writing a negative review.

American Wesley Barnes was facing up to two years in prison and spent two nights in a Thai jail after Sea View Resort in Koh Chang had him arrested over a negative TripAdvisor review, as Insider’s Kelly McLaughlin previously reported.

Sea View Resort’s Tripadvisor page now has a red message at the top warning potential guests, which reads:

“This hotel or individuals associated with this hotel filed criminal charges against a TripAdvisor user in relation to the traveler writing and posting online reviews. The reviewer spent time in jail as a result. TripAdvisor serves its users best when travelers are free to share their opinions and experiences on our platform – both positive and negative. The hotel may have been exercising its legal rights under local law, however, it is our role to inform you so you may take this into consideration when researching your travel plans.”



graphical user interface, text, application, email: The red warning badge on the Sea View Resort Tripadvisor page. Tripadvisor


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The red warning badge on the Sea View Resort Tripadvisor page. Tripadvisor

TripAdvisor said in a statement that it “strongly opposes” establishments using local laws to punish travelers for expressing their opinion.

However, Sea View Resort told Insider that Tripadvisor “went back on their word,” claiming all parties had reached an agreement that would not involve any message being placed on the website.

Wesley Barnes, who lives in Thailand, visited the island resort in June 2020 and has been accused of posting multiple negative reviews.

He left a one-star review of the property, titled: “Unfriendly staff and horrible restaurant manager.”

Barnes wrote: “Unfriendly staff, no one ever smiles. They act like they don’t want anyone there. The restaurant manager was the worst. He is from the Czech Republic. He is extremely rude and impolite to guests. Find another place. There are plenty with nicer staff that are happy you are staying with them.”

However, Barnes had also posted another now-deleted review, which accused Sea View Resort of “modern slavery,” according to the hotel.

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Tripadvisor issues warning after Thailand hotel guest jailed for writing a scathing review

The action stems from an incident during the summer when Wesley Barnes, a guest at the Sea View Resort & Spa in Koh Chang, posted a review on Tripadvisor claiming the hotel had an “unfriendly staff and horrible restaurant manager.” Sea View requested the review be taken down, and when it wasn’t, it took legal action: Barnes was arrested on criminal charges, said Brad Young, vice president and associate general counsel for Tripadvisor. Thailand is known for its tough laws restricting free speech, which are partly aimed at preventing criticism of businesses.

“[The hotel] didn’t like the way he described his experience and took rather draconian measures in retaliation,” Young said.

Young said lawsuits involving Tripadvisor are typically civil actions, dealing with claims of defamation or attempts to silence criticism online.

“This situation was a whole new level,” he said.

Tripadvisor learned of Barnes’ situation on Sept. 26 and connected with him three days later, offering to pay his legal fees. The company spent the next week negotiating with the hotel, government officials in Thailand, and the US embassy there, hoping to set up a meeting between Barnes and Sea View officials. The two parties agreed to meet on Oct. 1, and about a week later they reached an agreement that resulted in the charges being dropped.

The settlement, however, included terms for Tripadvisor, even though the company was not a part of the discussions. It required Barnes to get a letter from Tripadvisor stating that it would not put a red badge on the hotel listing page. (Red badges are typically used to flag businesses that reward guests in return for positive reviews or intimidate them if they post unfavorable ones.)

Young said the hotel was essentially seeking to “stop providing information to travelers. That is what Tripadvisor does.”

But after weeks of trying to negotiate with the hotel to drop the red badge clause from the settlement, Tripadvisor sent a letter to Barnes on Oct. 27, confirming that it would not label Sea View with a red badge. Barnes was soon released from jail and given back his passport.

Although Tripadvisor adhered to its promise not punish the hotel with a red badge, employees were busy creating a new feature that would still uphold their firm stance on free speech: An orange warning.

Young said i Tripadvisor’s business model depends on users being able to post honest reviews, something it calls the “right to write.”

“It only works if you enable people to share the good and the bad,” he said.

Once Tripadvisor learned Barnes was no longer in Thailand, it published the new warning message above Sea View’s hotel listing.

Young said the company had not heard directly from the hotel as of Wednesday afternoon, but Sea View told the New York Times in a statement that it does not understand “how Tripadvisor going back on their word, and not being impartial, is helpful to any of the parties involved in this case.”

Young said Tripadvisor did

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Tripadvisor warning for Thai hotel that sued guest over bad review

Travel website Tripadvisor has slapped a warning on a Thai resort’s listing, after it launched legal action against an American expat over a negative review, which briefly landed him in prison.

In July, Wesley Barnes wrote of encountering “unfriendly staff” and accused the Sea View hotel and spa on Koh Chang island of “modern day slavery” following a dispute over a corkage fee.

The resort later sued Barnes and he spent two days in police custody after being arrested and charged under Thailand’s strict defamation laws.

Barnes and the resort reached a settlement after a mediation session last month.

The Tripadvisor message added to the Sea View on Wednesday warns would-be guests of what happened to Barnes.

“The hotel may have been exercising its legal rights under local law, however, it is our role to inform you so you may take this into consideration when researching your travel plans,” the warning reads.

Tripadvisor said it had taken the “extraordinary action” of posting a warning on the hotel’s listing so other travellers were aware of the incident.

“Tripadvisor believes in the right of every traveler to write about their first-hand traveling experiences — good or bad,” a spokeswoman said.

“Tripadvisor strongly opposes any action where a business, like the Sea View Hotel and Spa in Koh Chang, uses local law to send someone to jail for expressing their opinion.”

In a statement, the hotel said it was “deeply disappointed” with Tripadvisor’s move, saying it would “create further confusion and reinitiate a closed case”.

AFP has sought comment from Barnes.

Thailand’s tough criminal defamation laws have long drawn scrutiny from human rights and press freedom groups, who say powerful players use it as a weapon to stifle free expression.

The maximum sentence is two years in prison, along with a 200,000 baht ($6,300) fine.

Human Rights Watch Asia deputy director Phil Robertson said Thailand’s defamation laws were a “time-tested tool” to suppress critical opinions and some businesses were willing to “sue at the drop of a hat”.

“It’s so very very easy to file these cases with almost no evidence whatsoever,” he told AFP.

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TripAdvisor warns users over Thai review row hotel



a group of palm trees next to a body of water: File photo of a tourist resort in Koh Chang, Thailand


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File photo of a tourist resort in Koh Chang, Thailand

TripAdvisor has warned about a Thai hotel that made a legal complaint against a customer for negative reviews, resulting in his arrest.

Wesley Barnes, who is a US citizen, had posted several reviews which allegedly accused the Sea View Resort of “modern day slavery”.

He was subsequently detained and charged under Thailand’s strict anti-defamation laws. He was later released after issuing a public apology.

Now TripAdvisor has hit back.

The saga appeared to have ended when Mr Barnes left Thailand last week.

But TripAdvisor has had the last word by leaving a warning notice on the hotel’s page.

“This hotel or individuals associated with this hotel filed criminal charges against a TripAdvisor user in relation to the traveller writing and posting online reviews. The reviewer spent time in jail as a result,” it says.

“The hotel may have been exercising its legal rights under local law, however, it is our role to inform you so you may take this into consideration when researching your travel plans,” it adds.

The warning is the first of its kind on the site.

In a statement, TripAdvisor said it believed in “the right of every traveller to write about their first-hand traveling experiences – good or bad”.

“TripAdvisor strongly opposes any action where a business, like the Sea View Hotel & Spa in Koh Chang, uses local law to send someone to jail for expressing their opinion.”

The BBC has asked the hotel for comment.

The hotel told the New York Times it was “deeply disappointed” and asserted that “the warning message from TripAdvisor is extremely misleading and lacks complete information”.

What’s the backstory?

Mr Barnes, who works in Thailand, had stayed in the Sea View resort earlier this year.

He is said to have got into an argument with staff over him wanting to bring his own bottle of alcohol while dining in the restaurant.

A hotel statement said he had “caused a commotion” and refused to pay a corkage fee which was eventually waived when the manager intervened.

After leaving, Mr Barnes posted several negative reviews of the property, after which the hotel sued him for defamation, leading to his arrest in September.

He was facing up to two years in jail.

The hotel alleged that his reviews were “fabricated, recurrent, and malicious”, with one post on TripAdvisor accusing the hotel of “modern day slavery”.

Mr Barnes, though, had earlier told the BBC that this particular post was never published as it violated TripAdvisor’s guidelines.

He also said he had already lost his job over the incident and expressed concerns that the publicity his case had received would make it harder to find new employment.

The hotel said that after the reviews had been published, it had received cancellations and inquiries about employee treatment.

The case was eventually dropped after the American apologised for “repeatedly false and untrue statements… made to maliciously defame Sea View. These reviews were written

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Tripadvisor warns users about Thai hotel after American jailed over critical review

The resort is rated 4.5 stars out of five. It’s located on a beautiful island off the coast of Thailand. Oh, and you might get arrested for posting a negative review.

Tripadvisor took the unusual step of posting a warning on its website about a Thai hotel, Sea View Resort & Spa Koh Chang, after it said an American guest there faced criminal charges and spent time in jail over his one-star review he posted on the travel-booking website.

“The hotel may have been exercising its legal rights under local law, however, it is our role to inform you so you may take this into consideration when researching your travel plans,” the website’s warning states.

The resort had accused the Tripadvisor user of posting slanderous reviews. 

The resort had accused the Tripadvisor user of posting slanderous reviews. 
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A Tripadvisor spokesperson told Fox News that this was the first case of a traveler going to jail for sharing their opinion that the company was aware of.

“Tripadvisor believes in the right of every traveler to write about their first-hand traveling experiences – good or bad,” the spokesperson said in an email. “Travelers love to share good news about their travel and dining experiences on our platform.

“Most negative reviews posted are valuable customer service and learning experiences for businesses who choose to constructively engage this feedback,” they continued. “However, Tripadvisor strongly opposes any action where a business, like the Sea View Hotel & Spa in Koh Chang, uses local law to send someone to jail for expressing their opinion. This extraordinary action is why we have taken steps to issue an alert to other travelers, in the form of a notification on the hotel’s listing page on Tripadvisor.”

The AFP previously identified the traveler as Wesley Barnes, an American who was working in Thailand. Immigration police arrested Barnes in September and briefly brought him back to the island, Koh Chang, after the resort’s owner filed a complaint about a review Barnes had posted in July.

“Unfriendly staff, no one ever smiles,” Barnes wrote in the review, which is still posted on Tripadvisor. “They act like they don’t want anyone there. The restaurant manager was the worst. He is from the Czech Republic. He is extremely rude and impolite to guests.”

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The resort’s response is also still posted on the website under the review. It alleged that Barnes and his group had brought their own liquor into the resort’s restaurant against its rules and then “used abusive language” and caused “disruption” while refusing to pay the $16 corkage fee.

“We think it is very unfair for that you have chosen to try to give a very negative image of our wonderful resort and our very friendly staff so we would like to shed some light on what made you go this far,” the resort wrote in response.

The resort previously told Fox News that it was suing

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