Yesterday, some of our staff at MTLBlog noticed a rather disturbing Facebook status from a user named Peter Manirath.
Apparently, Peter thinks it's funny to take advantage of restaurant staff. Peter bragged about how he went into Petinos in Laval, and pretended that he was a food blogger who worked for us in order to get special VIP treatment.
And as much as I want to give this guy points for being creative, I'm actually pretty angry. It's not MTLBlog that got scammed, it's the hard working staff at Petinos who were taken advantage of by this liar. Plus, Peter admitted he only did it to skip the line, which means a bunch of people who showed up before him got bumped.
But Peter is special, Peter doesn't wait in no lines.
Apparently we weren't the only ones who thought that what Peter did was a dick move. He actually ended up deleting his Facebook status because he was receiving too many negative comments. Perhaps bragging about being an asshole wasn't the best strategy.
Now here's my little PSA for anyone who owns or works at a restaurant or business in Montreal. The staff at MTLBlog make it a point to never mention that fact when we eat somewhere. How can we judge a restaurant accurately if they're going out of their way to impress us? When we make our lists, we recommend restaurants that we genuinely enjoy because we want to show them some love, not because they offer us special treatment.
So if someone comes into your place talking about being a writer for MTLBlog, they're probably lying.
According to police, an investigation revealed that the pair were manufacturing and selling false certificates attesting to 750 hours of training, at a cost of $800 per certificate. Both suspects are now facing charges of fraud and the fabrication of false documents.
The SPVM said that help from the public led to the launch of a police investigation into the fraud case.
Anyone with information about criminal activity of the same nature can contact Info-Crime Montréal anonymously at 514-393-1133 or via the report form available on infocrimemontreal.ca.
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Ca Lem's owner, Stephanie Le, told MTL Blog that clients just need to download the TikTok app and show their account to the cashier in order to receive free pancake cereal sundaes — which are, of course, topped with maple syrup.
"We encourage users to take video and pictures of their visit to Ca Lem and post on Instagram, Facebook & TikTok platforms," she said.
There are limited quantities each day but the offer is valid at two of Ca Lem's locations — in NDG and the Plateau — so you can double your chances of getting a free sundae.
Free Pancake Cereal Ice Cream Sundaes
When: July 16, 17 and 18
Address: NDG - 6926, rue Sherbrooke O, Montreal, QC; Plateau–Mont-Royal - 4223, rue Saint-Dominique, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: It's free ice cream, that's why!