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Beware of Two Middle-Aged Women Posing as OC Weekly Food Critics--They're Not

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OC Weekly editorial policy regarding imposters
From a source:

As a professional courtesy, I just wanted to inform you that there were two very drunk and rude women claiming to be OC Weekly"writers" at Don the Beachcomber yesterday. They had old, worn-out press passes to some other function on lanyards around their necks.

What did they look like?

I'd guess they were both in their mid-40s, heavy makeup, medium builds. One was blond; the other had dark brown hair. They were really drunk--stumbling and slurring their words--and ranting about having "so many stories to write" for the OC Weekly. It seemed like one of them may have been a freelancer years ago and now uses old press passes to get into places.

Well, hell.


We get imposters every couple of years claiming to be a Weekling--for a couple of years, a guy was going around town pretending to be me, and you'd have to be the stupidest person on Earth to try and imitate me for goodies, as you're more liable to get punched in the face by business owners. But these two women are particularly pendeja for trying to throw their weight around by claiming they're with the Weekly.

First off, the press passes? We've never had them. Lanyards? If I saw any of my writers wearing them, I'd laugh them out of the office as dweebs. More important, the only people who can ask for free anything are the editors, and it's usually Taylor and Nate who are asking for press passes. The Forkers know how much I loathe freebies--I'd rather they spend the money, then submit a form for reimbursement.

So, restaurants and venues: If two middle-aged women go around town saying they're with OC Weekly, THEY'RE NOT. If anyone claims to be with the Weekly and you haven't received clearance from me (or, you're not already familiar with the writer), THEY'RE NOT. As the Iron Sheik would say, send any imposters our way, and we'll make them humble the old-country way . . .gracias!

Email: garellano@ocweekly.com. Twitter: @gustavoarellano.

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18 comments
vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

It's called social engineering. Yall should try it sometime. Get free stuff. Get in places free. Convince yourself you're with the band the next show you go to. Wait till they're unloading equipment and grab and amp and carry it in. Get free booze and in the show free. 

dtakeda1
dtakeda1

They got the drunk and stumbling part right.... HA!

Favian Orozco
Favian Orozco

Lmao I wouldn't give them shit even if they claimed to be the pope.

Joe Pinney
Joe Pinney

You mean they're NOT paid for their opinions? I thought everybody was a critic.

dale_c
dale_c

Wow I would think mentioning in public that you were a writer for the OCW would get you a swift kick in the junk....;-)

SickSnail
SickSnail

Sloppy drunks that said they were OC Weekly writers? If they had told me that OC sucked compared to LA and that OC people are mostly entitled racists, I would have believed they worked for OC Weekly.

Greg Ridge
Greg Ridge

FiFi Chou has been pretending to be a food critic for decades....

Kristen Werner
Kristen Werner

How did they look vs what did they look like? Yikes people...

Sandy Baumgardner
Sandy Baumgardner

Are mid-40's REALLY "middle aged". 40 is really the new 20, after all. :-/

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

and this coming from an editor that took the job away from the old editor and made the paper worse.

Anita Lau
Anita Lau

Lol hope someone snaps a photo of them and posts it

Kyle Hojem
Kyle Hojem

Same thing happened to Luna at the Register too.

trenton
trenton

@Sandy Baumgardner Oh, "middle-aged women," oh, the horror.

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

@Kyle Hojem  

Except that person was easily outed when she actually expressed her own opinions...and the opinions weren't drippingly adoring 

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