Rod back on Classifieds but banned from whole Facebook

ROD Neill went from being banned from one Gladstone Facebook site to being banned from the whole of Facebook.

His access to Gladstone Classifieds was removed earlier this week after he posted a passionate plea for locals to support his struggling business.

An administrator from the site visited his store on Thursday and said he was allowed back on the page.

But instead of celebrating, he and his staff members had to spend time trying to verify the store's account.

Rod's Food Market Facebook page had been reported to Facebook, with the claim it was a "fake page".

The date of birth listed on the page was the opening of the store, while Mr Neill's personal account had his own date of birth listed.

This made it difficult to verify the account.

"It's all just very annoying. We're still waiting to hear back (from Facebook). I've sent photo ID and even photos of the store too," he said.

Mr Neill said he was thankful for his supporters on The Observer's Facebook page who commented on his story.

All posts regarding Mr Neill's ban from Gladstone Classifieds have been removed from the page.

Some commenters posted hashtags such as #Illrodwithyou.


Spud Lee: Rod for mayor.

Luke Griffin: Yet they will allow people to advertise and sell prints of stolen copyrighted images which they have no permission from the owners of such to make money from (eg. NRL club logo posters etc)...

Pamela Penny: We still come there

Leisa Fleming: Lol!! Rod!! U got some good advertising anyway! Lots of us will drop in now just to back u up. You have been around for so long, one of the few locals left in small business. Hope you are here for years to come.

Tanya Wieden-Bennett: They ban everyone... I have been banned as well.... Small business is not supported in Gladstone... It's sad...

Andrew Davis: Admin is on the war path and is deleting any comments or posts relating to Banning Rod.

Adam Smith: All admin need to go they think they are gods of facebook

Tamara Rae: I didn't see what he was doing wrong, he was technically selling, he was selling fruit and veg.

Pat Bunting: Stay strong Rod you have an excellent business and you are a survivor

Pauly Warren: Spud Lee for premier

Melisa Mitchell: Bit ridiculous banning a plea for help when I see so many postings that are just a big long string of abuse involving a lot of disgusting language... 

Topics:  facebook gladstone business retail

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