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How weather affects restaurant evaluation

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What makes people rate a restaurant positively? More than food, it is the weather that matters, say researchers.

A study suggests that customers left more negative remarks on comment cards on days when it was raining than on days when it was dry.

“Restaurant managers may see more than the usual bad reviews on certain days, and it may have nothing to do with the service or the quality of the food,” said co-author of the study Milos Bujisic, Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University.

“Restaurants can’t control the weather, but it may affect how customers review them,” he added.

For the study, published in the Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research, the researchers examined the comment cards left at 32 Florida restaurants.
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The researchers rated the comments on a five-point scale from 1 (very negative) to 5 (very positive). They also examined weather data from the National Climatic Data Center for each restaurant’s location on the days the comment cards were left.

They examined 14 different weather variables, but only three were related to customer comments — rain, temperature and barometric pressure.

Higher temperatures — which in Florida can often mean it is uncomfortably hot — were linked to more negative comments.

Higher barometric pressure was also connected to negative comments in Florida, which is also probably different from much of the country, the researchers said, because rising pressure is often associated with fair weather.

In an another experiment, 158 people from around the country who visited a restaurant within the last 24 hours were asked to rate and describe the weather conditions right before their restaurant visit.

The results showed that people who described the weather as more pleasant also rated their mood more positively. Better moods — and not the weather itself — were related to more positive word-of-mouth.

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19-year-old married woman opts for ‘Chicken Dinner’ with PUBG mate

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Ahmedabad: Online game Player Unknown Battle Ground (PUBG) has taken the world by storm and has spawned myriad situations and new highs in addiction.

Now take the recent case of this Ahmedabad woman, all of 19 and married with a year-old baby, who wants divorce from her husband, not because of any domestic feud or discord, but because of her immense indulgence in PUBG.

The case came to light when she called the 181 Abhayam women helpline seeking help to get divorce.

However, she did not mention this in the first place. She wanted to be lodged at a women’s observation home, away from her family and her parents, so that she could play at leisure with her gaming partner.

 

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“The girl called 181 and told us that she wants to be at a women’s observation home as it is not working out with her husband nor she wanted to go to her parents’ home as they had taken away her cell phone,” says Falguni Patel, Coordinator at Abhayam.

“When we told her that she won’t be allowed to use her phone or to go out from observation home since it is supposed to be for the protection of women, she dropped the idea. Then she sought help to reach her friend, who she revealed much later during the counselling session, was her PUBG gaming partner whom she came into contact while playing the game,” Falguni Patel told media persons.

Her husband did not like her obsession with the game and refused to let her play, which caused tension between them and she decided to leave her husband and went to her parents. Even they didn’t like her addiction and took away her mobile phone.

 

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Patel said the counsellors explained to her not to take such crucial decisions in a rush, just for the sake of a game as her marriage of two years, as well as the life of her child, was at stake.

“Our counsellors assured her to help her arrive at a proper matured decision, making her realize the future uncertainties and consequences since they encounter such cases often,” she added.

“During four hours of counselling, we advised her to give her husband and marriage a second chance. She agreed to it and we gave her a unique ID number for 181 helpline so that we could identify the case quickly and work accordingly, but she has not made any such attempt,” Falguni Patel said.

 

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“Our counsellors also informed her parents and recommended that she needed psychological assistance to get over her addiction,” she added. Patel said this was the second case of a girl addicted to PUBG.

PUBG is an online multi-player battle royale game (available free on mobile platforms) developed and published by PUBG Corporation, a subsidiary of South Korean video game company Bluehole.

The game has been banned in Nepal, Iraq and some parts of India after reports of the adverse health impact on the players who played it for long periods.

 

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