WHEN HIS latest restaurant review was published, a food critic had no idea he was about to expose a married man’s alleged secret affair.
Tom Sietsema was told by a reader that he had accidentally revealed her husband was cheating when she spotted him dining with another woman in a picture accompanying the piece.
The journalist, who works for the Washington Post, was left shocked when the wife messaged him to drop the bombshell news during his weekly online Q&A for the newspaper – a screenshot of which he then shared in a now-viral post on Twitter.
“Well Tom your latest review is accompanied by a picture of my husband dining with a woman who isn’t me!” she wrote.
“Once confronted with photographic evidence, he confessed to having an ongoing affair.
“Just thought you’d be amused to hear of your part in the drama.
Well Tom your latest review is accompanied by a picture of my husband dining with a woman who isn’t me! Wife
“This Thanksgiving I’m grateful to you for exposing a cheat!”
Tom replied: “Please, please, please tell me this is a crank post. I’d hate to learn otherwise.
“I file two reviews a week, for Food and the Magazine, so I’m not sure which restaurant this is.”
Captioning the screenshot, he added: “So, this popped up on my live online food chat today.
“Cheaters, take heed!”
His tweet has received more than 1,400 ‘likes’ and over 200 shares.
One person commented: “This is misfortune but also internet gold.”
Revealing a similar story, another wrote: “Happened to someone I knew in Philadelphia, years ago.
Cheaters, take heed! Tom SietsemaWashington Post Food Critic
“The Inquirer would print a picture on the first warm day of spring, showing a scene of springtime.
“One time it was two lovers under a tree, holding hands. Only they were married to other people. Front page.”
A third joked: “Service journalism, brotherman.”
And a fourth teased: “Looks like one turkey got busted, not basted…”