Why Leave Reviews
Do me a favor, and think back to the last time you tried a new product without first reading the reviews online. For me, I almost never buy anything before at least seeing what the reviews are like on Amazon. Leaving references and reviews are a huge influence on what we purchase, as well as what we do. Whenever I am getting ready to go to a new location, I Google things to do there. If I read that something is “not worth the trip” or “overpriced”, I am thankful that I saved myself that time or money, sometimes both. Leaving HONEST references are even more important.
In July 2012, I took a month long backpacking tour of Europe. One of the stops I was taking was in Rome, to meet up with some friends who were on the summer voyage of Semester at Sea. After staying one night at a hostel, a friend and I decided to couch-surf, because we were frankly running out of money and generally prefer couch-surfing. I jumped on the emergency couch section and found a place to stay with someone who had a lot of positive references. We went to his and spent the night, and had a less than positive experience. I won’t go into details, but we got out of there as soon as possible the next morning. I left him a negative reference. After dealing with him attempting to harass me into changing it to positive and threatening to harm me, I reported him and he was banned from contacting me again. Shortly after, I received three messages from different people saying they were glad I left a negative reference and that they had similar issues. Um, what? I was very annoyed, because if THEY had said something negative, it would have spared me from having a negative experience. I was less than pleased.
I recently took a nanny job in Poland. I contacted the two previous nannies for references, and they both said they enjoyed it. Very shortly after arriving in Poland, I hated it. The family took advantage of my time, paid less than they said, and gave me more hours than agreed. I messaged one of their previous nannies again, and she told me she had hated it as well but didn’t want to be overreacting. If she had told me it was a negative experience and told me some of the things that went on, (they had done the same things to her) I would have been able to save myself a lot of money and frustrations.
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