Irish hotel publicly shames blogger who asks for free stay

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In case you haven't heard yet, Dublin's The White Moose Café has gone viral this week after being accused of "exposing" a blogger who had asked for a free stay.

UK-based influencer Elle Darby, contacted the Charleville Lodge, which also runs the White Moose Cafe in Dublin, asking for a free four-night stay just before Valentine's Day, over the long weekend from February 8-12, in return for "possible collaboration".

"I came across your stunning hotel and would love to feature you in my YouTube videos/dedicated Instagram stories/posts to bring traffic to your hotel and recommend others to book up in return for free accommodation".

Hotel owner Paul Stenson took to the hotel's Facebook page, which itself has a prolific social media following, to publicize his response. "Considering how many brands expect bloggers to work for free as the industry standard, sending an email like this is not unusual".

Dear Social Influencer (I know your name but apparently it's not important to use names), Thank you for your email.

Stenson responded publicly to Elle's cheeky request, saying that it takes "a lot of balls" to send an email like that, but "not much self-respect and dignity", making a point of asking how all of his staff would get paid if he were to give her the freebie. Who is going to pay for the light and heat you use during your stay? This would show more self-respect on your part and, let's face it, it would be less embarrassing for you.

But the White Moose Cafe appears to have faced a counterblast of its own, with accusations of bullying and callously exploiting the young woman for its own publicity.

"Was her comment about 30+ people not then bullying and agest???"

A YOUTUBE star has been trolled as a "spoilt brat" after asking a hotel for a free stay - prompting them to ban all bloggers.

She added that that comments calling her a "freeloader" were bullying her and finished by saying that majority came from a group of people who "don't understand the social media world".

Elle Darby has almost 90,000 subscribers on Youtube and more than 79,000 Instagram followers. "My intent was literally just to see if he wanted to do business with me in a polite and respectful way. Nothing but the purest intentions", Darby said.

In the video, which at the time of writing has over 250,000 views, Darby said: "I feel disgusting having to say this".

She said she been angry, sad, upset and embarrassed by the situation.

Darby's fans weren't very happy about the way that she was treated by the White Moose Cafe and so the hotel took their decision one step further and banned all bloggers from their establishment.

After the hotel received backlash for the post, Stenson banned all social media influencers from his businesses. In a Twitter, post the hotel wrote "the sense of entitlement is just too strong in the blogging community" and closing with "if any of you attempt to enter our premises from now on, you will be ejected".

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