A family of food influencers are taking a western Sydney restaurant to court claiming they were unfairly framed as “fraudulent diners”.
Jennifer Do and her daughters Belinda and Julie Nguyen dined at Cabramatta Chinese restaurant Silver Pearl on Christmas Day 2020.
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The trio claim the sashimi seemed off and the lobster didn’t look right.
They say they left cash on the table to cover the cost of their wine but not the food as they maintain it was frozen and not fresh as advertised.
The women say in the following days the restaurant accused them, via social media, of faking gastro and not paying for a $364 lobster dinner, including an Instagram post of a photo of the family captioned: “Beware fraudulent diners.”
The women allege they were inundated by online trolls after the post and had to delete their social media account, which had amassed 76,000 followers.
“Whenever I go out now I feel unsafe because people call me a prostitute and scammer,” Do told 7NEWS.
Jennifer Do and her daughters Belinda and Julie Nguyen Credit: 7NEWS
In 2021, the women lodged the appeal in court claiming the restaurant’s post sparked death threats, which continue to this day.
“I’m being harassed online, in public … I’ve been stalked and I’ve received rape threats,” Belinda told 7NEWS.
“But we believe that the truth matters more than anything.”
The case is set to be heard in Federal Court on October 31, 2024.
“We want to highlight the truth of the events so we can walk the streets safely without fear of being attacked or followed,” Belinda said.
Silver Pearl management told 7NEWS the restaurant will “vigorously defend their position in court”.
– With Annie Pullar