Craig Nelsen, who claims his waffle store was bankrupted because Groupon was too slow in sending him money from the daily deals he offered, just posted an epic rant about the experience in the comments section of the article we wrote about him earlier today.
It’s the story of how he created Back Alley Waffles, and the role he believes Groupon played in its death.
He has some nasty things to say about Groupon users, too. He claims they were impatient and left comments on Yelp that hurt his business if they didn’t get their waffles fast enough.
This, without editing, is what he wrote:
I started serving waffles in my art gallery as a way to bring attention to my art and, hopefully, save my struggling gallery. The original idea was to give waffles away free every Friday night as a kind of delicious gimmick to get people there.
That grew into Back Alley Waffles.
So, almost by accident, I found myself trying to open a restaurant with no money. YOU try that some time.
When it wasn’t, they would Yelp us.
Sheri S from Washington, DC yelped, “So, we arrived around 1:00 pm, an hour before the place closes and the cook says he just served the last batch of waffles and smoothies to the previous customers. Mind you, there are only four menu items: buttermilk waffles, smoothies, chai tea and coffee. How is it possible that you run out of ingredients? ”
It was Groupon that broke our backs. As we waited and waited for our money (how can it take ten days to “process” a check? I can write one in twenty seconds flat.) that thousand dollars loomed larger and larger until, finally it snuffed us out. Yes, we were under-capitalized. Yes, it was my fault for signing up with Groupon in the first place. But Groupon sucks.
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