Magazine article The Quill

Questionable Practices Lead to New Policies

Magazine article The Quill

Questionable Practices Lead to New Policies

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More revelations about a Washington state restaurant critic came to light in June, when Tacoma News Tribune editor Dave Zeeck (in a column) said Bart Ripp also used his position at the newspaper to obtain free meals in at least three restaurants and other questionable perks, the News Tribune reported.

Ripp, now a salesman for an advertising specialties company, resigned from the paper in late February after apparently using what is believed to be fictitious sources in several articles, Zeeck said.

A restaurant owner who dined with Ripp at an expensive Seattle restaurant was informed by the critic that he never paid at that restaurant and later walked out after the meal (and after saying goodbye to a hostess) without paying, Zeeck wrote.

Another owner denied giving Ripp any free meals, but his denial was rebutted by a former employee of the same restaurant, who said Ripp frequently dined for free, according to Zeeck. …

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