A Sydney pub’s attempt at using a seasonal joke to inform customers of its Easter weekend opening hours has backfired in a major way after hundreds of people took offence and wrote nasty reviews.
Mary’s Newtown, in the city’s inner west, shared a controversial post to its Facebook page on Wednesday which stated: “Jesus got hammered for his sins, you can too”.
The text was accompanied by a sketch of Jesus, which showed the holy figure holding a cigarette in one hand and a beer in the other.
The pub was inundated with criticism in the wake of the post, which was later deleted from its page.
Negative reviews flooded the business’s Facebook page, with hundreds claiming to have had terrible experiences with the staff and food.
“Horrible place. No customer service and the burgers were truely atrocious. Rather eat at Maccas,” a review read, with many utilising strikingly similar wording.
Facebook page Orthodox Christianity encouraged its followers to write negative things about the business, sharing to its page, “Brothers and sisters, PLEASE give this place a bad rating, they are Mocking our Lord Jesus Christ”.
Many loyal customers also flocked to write overwhelmingly positive things about the business.
“Amazing food. staff are top notch. Keep up the good work. Any publicity is good publicity,” was one of several reviews noting an excellent experience.
Beneath many of the negative reviews was a comment from a particularly loyal customer, which stated: “For those wanting to seek an informed review of Mary’s, this non descriptive review was put up at a time where some people took offence to a meme posted by the page”.
The pub will be open from 12pm on Good Friday and all long weekend.
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