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As Virtu's page was locked before I had a chance to defend myself properly, I've created this page to air a few things. My first statement is I'd like to say again that BadFish's comment regarding Athena and myself being the same person is absolutely untrue. Clearly the evidence of our shared IP addresses seems to imply that it's likely, however things are not always as they appear, and the administrators of this site can not and do not have the ability to see into our living rooms and offices to see who is actually sitting in the computer chair. This inability to see, and therefore prove, causes a problem because the truth is that life, relationships, and reality is much more complex than what an IP address can suggest.
My reality is that I'm fortunate enough to have two working computers, and my very close friend whose screen name is Athena does not, and on numerous occasions asks to use mine. Sometimes this is in my house, but more often at my business. She had something she wanted to say about her experience at Virtu, and upon discovering that her comment was deleted, accidentally deleted the entire Virtu page. She had no purposeful reason to do that, and has absolutely no connection to Virtu that would prompt it, it was pure accident, and she in fact thanked BadFish later for restoring the page. This seems to have triggered an investigation into her identity, and because her comments were made from my business computer, a large assumption and an inaccurate statement was made regarding her connection to myself and my business. I will state again that it was not my statement, my thought, or my wish that her comment be made.
I have known the owner of Virtu for many years, and he has been a friend and mentor to me in this industry. As someone who also has been on the receiving end of some nasty comments made on this site, I have to stress again that I would NEVER have participated in any negative statement made about this restaurant, its owner, its food, its service, or its chef. I respect and like him too much.
So when BadFish innocently pointed out what he feels could have been a suspicious situation, the reality is that he has no idea what he's talking about. It was an error, and I have made several attempts to address it and ask for a removal of my name and my business name from this site. Freedom of speech prevents that from happening, and while I appreciate our right to free speech, I am saddened, disgusted, frustrated, and completely appalled by the methods used by the administrators of this site, and the flip way in which their approach endangers lives and livelihoods. It is a medium that has been used to spew hatred and lies, and no amount of administration or intervention can prevent it. 10/10/08-Kristen Flores-Fratto
**Recent comments as of 12/15/08 moved back to the Virtu page since it is unlocked —PeteB