Popular Dublin pub hit with ’50 or 60′ fake bookings from anti-vaxxers
Dublin’s Doheny and Nesbitt was hit with ’50 or 60′ fake bookings from anti-vaxxers on their first day of indoor dining.
Indoor dining for vaccinated customers resumed on Monday, however, many hospitality owners warned that COVID certificate check critics were making fake bookings.
The popular gastropub on Baggot Street was targeted by opponents to the legislation in an effort to disrupt business.
Pub manager John O’Brien told Joe Duffy on RTÉ’s Liveline that they received a lot of bookings from fake emails.
The booking requests were sent from emails with fake names and numbers.
When emails were sent back to confirm details, all of them bounced.
‘The woman who looks after the bookings, Helen, went through the emails, she sent all the emails back, and they all bounced.
‘She rang the numbers then, and people didn’t make a booking at all.’
John said that the fake bookings were making it ‘harder’ for the staff and could destroy a business.
‘We have enough to be doing with the guidelines than to be looking after this,’ he said.
‘Yesterday wasn’t too bad. On Saturday there was a protest around the corner from us, people protesting the vaccine. They did say a few things to us, “we’re not allowed in no vaccines”, stupid stuff.’
Another woman called in claiming that her details had been used to make a fake booking.
Paula said she was phoned by a restaurant employee to confirm her booking and said they had both her phone number and email address.
‘I said I did not make a reservation, why are you phoning me, how did you get my details?’ she said.
‘She was very apologetic. She said she had over 30 of these bookings.’
Paula said she had no idea how her details had been leaked.