SWMBO learned from her father that switching off the fridge at the power point (such as when not using it) can damage it and that the fridge may not work properly when it is turned on again.
I have never heard this and a quick Google ("turn off refrigerator") has not indicated anything either way (except that the energy saving people keep saying you should turn off the garage fridge and that you should turn off the fridge and leave its door open if you are going away). Since the fridge cycles by turning itself off and on, it seems unlikely, unless the loss of power could affect the cycling switch itself.
Has anyone heard this? Any knowledge or experiences?