Marilyn Hagerty, Grand Forks Olive Garden Reviewer, Speaks

You also reviewed Taco Bell.

Oh, that was a long time ago.

I may sound a little on the defensive to you today because of the emails I've received. One was kind of snotty. But the other four or five were kind of friendly. But my daughter tells me I should go on Facebook and read all this crap. And I do not have time to let myself be bothered or read all that stuff. I have a Sunday column I'm doing now about a completely different subject. I don't have time to sit here and twit over whether some self-styled food expert likes, or does not like, my column. The publisher likes it.

You said you got a snotty email. What did the person say?

It was just one word: "pathetic."

Are you serious?

Yeah! So I responded, "Thank you for your message." That's all I say to any of them. But then there were four or five very complimentary messages. I haven't checked lately because I'm in the middle of writing a Sunday column, and I hit the wrong key, and it flew away, and so I had to start all over again.

When is your deadline?

I've got another hour. I'm almost through it again now.

Oh, I should let you go. It's awful to hear that someone was snotty in a message.

I don't care whether they are or not. If anyone's got time to sit out there and nitpick, I kind of feel sorry for them. Get a life.

See: "THE EATBEAT: Long-awaited Olive Garden receives warm welcome"

UPDATE: "Marilyn takes America by viral storm ... thanks to Eatbeat review of Olive Garden"

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