A little while ago, in an attempt to get my kids to eat healthier, I decided to purchase a fruit bowl. I figured that if the fruit was right in their faces, there was a tiny chance they might eat it. They'd be like, "Hey! Oranges! I'll have one of those!"
I use Amazon for most of my online purchases, so I typed "fruit bowl" into Amazon and I purchased a wooden bowl on the first page of results that looked nice.
A few days later, the bowl arrived. It was about the size of my hand. I could probably fit a single orange in it. Calling it a fruit bowl would be laughable. Well, unless "fruit" was in the singular. So I returned it. And I wrote an angry one-star review saying that the bowl was deceptively small.
Now I've written maybe a hundred Amazon reviews in my time. Some of been good and some have been bad. The review of this bowl certainly wasn't my first bad review. But it's the only review I've ever written that's ever received comments. And in fact, it received THREE comments. One told me that I was clueless and didn't bother to look at the bowl's dimensions (7 inches) and I should have measured my current bowls, to which I responded that I shouldn't have to get out a ruler to know that tiny bowl wasn't a fruit bowl. (The description of the bowl actually said it was "generously sized.") And then most recently, I got this comment:
"You apparently don't know what "serving" means.
Serving is when you bring food to a person, to serve them a meal or
food. It is not a fruit bowl. It is a bowl that can be used to serve a
side of fruit or salad. You generally don't serve 5 pieces of fruit in a
bowl at dinner. You shouldn't need a ruler to know what 7 inches looks like. The product isn't deceptive or misleading, you're just a moron."
Um, WTF? This is a bowl. Why are people getting so angry over my review of a ten-dollar bowl. What is going on here? Usually when I don't agree with the review of a product, I just downvote it... I don't call the person names. Especially if it's just a bowl.
My question was: Are these people sellers of the bowl? Are they trolls? Or are they people who just really love bowls?
I looked at some of the other bad reviews and the majority of them were complaining that the bowl was smaller than they expected (although only one of them got a comment). So clearly this was an issue a lot of people had, and my review probably kept people from purchasing the product who would have returned it or given it another bad review.
Anyway, in case you're curious, I bought a normal-sized fruit bowl after that. But the kids still won't eat their fruit. (Now it's a "fruit fly" bowl.)