Leaving a Bad Restaurant Review on Facebook Just Might Get You Shot

In Orange County, Florida, Monica Walley’s mother was denied service at a local diner. She was told that she could not be inside the restaurant without another person with her, and that if she wanted to wait for her food, she’d have to do it in her car.

Monica did what many people do these days to air grievances – she complained on her personal Facebook page. “It was my mother’s birthday, and all she wanted was her favorite Greek omelet. She arrived back home in tears,” she wrote, recounting her mother’s experience.

The post went viral, leading to hundreds of negative comments online and angry phone calls to the diner. The diner responded on Facebook, saying that they “had become the center of a social media controversy alleging discrimination against a customer” and that they “have never and will never practice any form of discrimination.”

The owner of the diner accused the negative post of ruining her business. Apparently Walley’s mother had taken a fall before at the restaurant and was told that she could only come back with a companion.

Retaliation

At the Walley residence on the night of August 20 – the same day that the negative review was posted on Facebook, Monica’s father Ken Walley was sitting on the couch watching television. Shots were fired from outside their home, with one shot whizzing by Ken Walley’s head, missing him by mere inches.

“I actually could feel the air from the bullet as it passed by me,” he said. “I didn’t think anybody was crazy enough to do this.”

Ken described the noise “like a car backfiring” and said that he dove to the ground. He later found a .410 caliber bullet in a laundry basket.

“When this all happened, I thought, no way! I mean like, after a bad restaurant review? This doesn’t seem right.”

The Alleged Shooter

Normal Auvil had several beers the night of the alleged shooting. He allegedly drove his white Ford Flex by the Walley residence on the night of August 20 and opened fire, shooting three rounds at the home.

The 42-year-old veteran was charged with shooting into a dwelling and abuse of a disabled adult. Police have linked him to the owner of the restaurant, saying that he was a friend.