You might think being an influencer is legit … but you may change your mind after seeing what happend to YouTuber Elle Darby.
She asked Dublin’s White Moose Cafe and Charleville Lodge if she could stay for free in return for exposure (read her email, here). But owner Paul Stenson was not happy with her being so bold to ask for a free stay.
He placed her email on Facebook, and replied with the following:
“Thank you for your email looking for free accommodation in return for exposure. It takes a lot of balls to send an email like that, if not much self-respect and dignity
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? Who is going to pay the housekeepers who clean your room? The waiters who serve you breakfast? The receptionist who checks you in? Who is going to pay for the light and heat you use during your stay? The laundering of your bed sheets? The water rates? 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?In future, I’d advise you to offer to pay your way like everyone else, and if the hotel in question believes your coverage will help them, maybe they’ll give you a complimentary upgrade to a suite. This would show more self-respect on your part and, let’s face it, it would be less embarrassing for you. Best regards, Paul Stensonwww.charlevillelodge.ieP.S. The answer is no.”
Well, that’s awkward. But it doesn’t end there. Darby YouTubed her reaction and defended why she asked to stay for free. Of course, Stenson had to reply, creating a ban on all bloggers and influencers (read his statement, here).
And because this situation had way more drama than any Vanderpump episode we’ve seen, the saga continues with the owner of the hotel billing Darby for $7.3 million for having her story go viral.
Wait, what? Did we just eat a Tide Pod by mistake and read that wrong? Nope, that’s right.
The post claims he is sending the influencer a bill charging her over $5 million for “the provision of features in 114 articles across 20 countries with a potential reach of 450 million people.”
He also threw in how big of spike her YouTube channel grew from before the event, to after. (Oh, yeah, we didn’t include our post about it, so add another)
Between this and our hateful/love anticipation of seeing Kylie’s baby, we’re going to admit that we don’t like the way 2018 is kicking off.