OpenTable employee fired after making 300 fake reservations at Chicago restaurants


SAN ANSELMO, CA – JUNE 13: In this photo illustration the OpenTable website is displayed on mobile device on June 13, 2014 in San Anselmo, California. Online discount travel service Priceline announced that it will purchase online reservation service OpenTable for $2.6 billion. (Photo Illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO -- More than 40 high-end Chicago restaurants lost a lot of money over the last few months – all because of fake reservations.

Those restaurants were targeted as part of a scheme traced back to the online reservation company Open Table.

It turns out, all of the restaurants that were targeted use one of Open Table’s rivals, a service called Reserve.

The scheme attempted to undermine business – possibly as retribution for cutting ties with Open Table.

The false reservations were traced to an employee at the San Francisco-based Open Table, which this week confirmed it fired that person for making several hundred bogus reservations at Chicago restaurants. In a statement the company’s CEO apologized, blaming it on a rogue employee’s “disgraceful, unsanctioned behavior.”

Open Table offered to reimburse restaurants for the money lost under the fake reservations.




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