For a lot of bloggers, a big part of the motivation to keep writing or making videos is the free stuff they get from companies and businesses keen to get their products promoted.
However, it seems that some bloggers have been pushing matters a touch too far – including one who tried to blag a free stay at a hotel in Dublin!
However, the owner wasn’t having it and shut her down in some well-aimed social media posts…
Beauty vlogger, Elle Darby (pictured above) requested a free stay at The White Moose Cafe and Lodge in Dublin, in exchange for being promoted on her Instagram and YouTube pages.
However, Elle didn’t get the answer she was hoping for when the hotel owner, Paul Stenson took to Facebook to post:
If I let you stay here in return for a feature in your video, who is going to pay the staff who look after you? Maybe I should tell my staff they will be featured in your video in lieu of receiving payment for work carried out while you’re in residence.
While Stenson, below, didn’t reveal the name of the vlogger, she exposed her own identity in a 17-minute video complaining of how rude Stenson had been, calling him a ‘dream-stealer’ and that he was ‘malicious’ and ‘unprofessional.’
One of Elle’s supporters even took toTwitter to post:
Just a heads up. I or my team are constantly pitching to brands for campaigns, collaborations and other forms of work. That's how shit gets done and that's how people get to learn about you. If someone laughs at you for doing that, they really ain't about this blogging life. 🤚🏽
But that didn’t faze Stenson, who hit back with a mock apology:
OFFICIAL APOLOGY TO BLOGGERS. Following the incident today in which one of your members was clearly hurt and distressed about having to pay for something like everyone else, I would like to make a statement. I am kicking myself that I didn’t think about you before now. If each one of you is pissed off there is a fair chance that you will all speak badly to your followers about us, which will result in a huge number of people hearing about our brand collectively. Thank you for all your hard work, and don’t forget to continue to spread the word about our business!
He then followed up, posting:
ALL BLOGGERS BANNED FROM OUR BUSINESS. The sense of entitlement is just too strong in the blogging community and the nastiness, hissy fits and general hate displayed after one of your member was not granted her request for a freebie is giving your whole industry a bad name. The girl in question was never identified in my original post, but she herself went on to create a video explaining how she was ‘exposed’ with ‘malicious intent’ for asking for a freebie. This kind of victimization is very prevalent in the blogging industry, and is in keeping with their general M.O. of wanting everything for nothing.
Ironically, the whole incident has probably got the hotel more attention than Elle’s Instagram posts and YouTube video could ever have done…