Dublin hotel sends huge fake bill following influencer 'exposure' saga

Marco Green
January 22, 2018

Dublin businessman Paul Stenson refused Darby's all expenses paid request for a "possible collaboration" and proceeded to dress down the YouTuber in a lengthy post which has since gone viral.

But in a Facebook post that's been shared by thousands of people, the hotel owner asked: "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?".

Ms Darby also claimed the hotel's response would hinder "the younger generation from doing what they enjoy", and that she "cried my eyes out in my auto alone".

Following the scathing message, Stenson said he received backlash from the influencer community - and so he subsequently banned all bloggers from eating at his cafe and staying at the lodge.

"Last year I worked with Universal Orlando in Florida and it's been awesome for them!"

In a Facebook post on Jan 16, Paul Stenson, who owns The White Moose Cafe and Charleville Lodge, wrote a reply to an email sent by UK-based social media influencer Elle Darby.

"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". But, "As a 22-year-old girl, who's running her own business from her home, I don't feel like I did anything wrong". "This would show more self-respect on your part and, let's face it, it would be less embarrassing for you". "Considering how many brands expect bloggers to work for free as the industry standard, sending an email like this is not unusual".

On The White Moon Cafe's profile on Snapchat, Stenson, who is now on a trip to Amsterdam with his partner, said the issue "puts into question the authenticity of influencer marketing".

In what can only be described as a true "self-own", Elle chose to cast aside the anonymity the hotel owner had granted her and reveal herself as the YouTuber in question.

"I've had people telling me to top myself, asking me to go play in traffic and die - just for literally doing my job".

"I feel so disgusting having to say this, I feel so vile ... it makes me kind of feel sick".

"I was angry, I was sad, I was upset, I was anxious, I was embarrassed, I felt humiliated", she added.

The hotel's initial response removed all references to Ms Darby and her channel, and posted an anonymous fuming rebuttal to the begging email.

As a result, the Dublin hotel received backlash of its own from the online community, including Darby fans, which prompted Stenson to declare that "all bloggers" are banned from his businesses.

"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".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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