Mellissa Grant has been banned from the Oakey RSL after she posted photographs and comments about the food at the RSL online.
Mellissa Grant has been banned from the Oakey RSL after she posted photographs and comments about the food at the RSL online. Nev Madsen

Facebook post leaves mum with lifetime ban from RSL

OAKEY mum Mellissa Grant likes to take photographs of food and post the images on the social networking website, Facebook.

She never thought one of her photos would lead to a lifetime ban from her local RSL club.

In January last year, Ms Grant went to the Oakey RSL and took a photograph of the vegetables in the venue's self-service hot box at the end of the night.

She admits that while she was scathing in her review, it was nevertheless, "the truth".

"...pretty sure my dog could do better and it's dead," she wrote.

The next time she visited her club she claims to have been tapped on the shoulder by one of the staff members who accused her of "slander".

Next a solicitor's letter followed advising Ms Grant to keep away from the Campbell St venue.

Ms Grant didn't think much of the legal letter and continued attending the club. She even paid her $5 membership dues, twice.

Melissa Grant's meal review on Facebook
Melissa Grant's meal review on Facebook

The Oakey local had thought the situation was "done and dusted" until she received another letter last month, this time from the club secretary, reiterating the ban.

The letter states that the club has the right to suspend a member for "actions not in keeping with the nature of the club".

It also states that Ms Grant is banned from attending functions at the club or as a guest of another member.

"This cancellation and expulsion is for life," the letter continues.

"It is just crazy in this day and age for them to react to something posted on Facebook in this way," Ms Grant said.

"I just can't quite get my head around it."

What should you do if you're unhappy with a meal you've purchased?

This poll ended on 17 August 2013.

Current Results

Complain to the manager or staff

78%

Keep quiet but never return

10%

Keep quiet and hope it improves next time

2%

Do nothing... everyone makes a mistake

1%

Complain on Facebook or another social media site

6%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

While Ms Grant doesn't regret her posts on Facebook, she now only posts positive meal experiences.

"It doesn't worry me that much," she said.

"But the ban also includes being someone's guest, so if someone gets married there I can't go, and I can't go to the Anzac Day services.

"In the end, it's their loss."

The Oakey RSL was contacted but a spokesperson and a committee member declined to make comment.

They did however confirm that Ms Grant was banned because of comments she made about the club online.


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