This hotel owner had enough of a Youtuber asking for free stuff so he is charging €4 million for making her go viral
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Youtuber Elle Darby wrote an email to Paul Stenson, owner of the Dublin hotel White Moose Café, to ask for free accommodation in return for good reviews on her social media. In her email, Darby mentions her 87,000 Youtube subscribers and 76,000 Instagram followers, as well as a collaboration with Universal Orlando in Florida in the past, which she claims "has been amazing for them." Owner Paul Stenson, far from feeling flattered by Darby's proposal, uploaded the message to the hotel's Facebook page. He says it takes "a lot of balls" to ask for a free Valentine's Day weekend away like she does, and that having a lot of followers does not make one better than anyone else and entitled to get services for free that everybody else has to pay for. Although he censored the Youtubers' personal information in the screenshot of the email. Darby uploaded a video to her channel titled "I was exposed (SO embarrassing)" explaining how she contacted Stenson with nothing but the purest intentions. She proceeded to complain about his response and accused him of exposing her. In response, Stenson banned all bloggers and influencers from his hotel. In a statement posted online, he criticised the bloggers' "modus operandi of wanting everything for nothing." "The sense of entitlement is just too strong in the blogging community," he wrote. "I never thought we would be inundated with negative reviews for the simple reason that somebody was required to pay."
Stenson has sent out a fake bill to Darby for exposure after the debacle went viral. He's charging her for more than 4 million euros in exchange for "features in 114 articles across 200 countries with a potential reach of 450 million people." He also notes that payment is due in euros and that "mentions in videos will not qualify as payment."
ALL BLOGGERS BANNED FROM OUR BUSINESS pic.twitter.com/DQVjAtDnW8— White Moose Cafe (@whitemoosecafe) January 17, 2018
I’m posting out this invoice today... pic.twitter.com/FYFONTWoOd— White Moose Cafe (@whitemoosecafe) January 20, 2018
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