Hotel owner bans 'vloggers' after free stay request

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

The White Moose Cafe in Dublin, Ireland, has banned all social media influencers after fallout from a rejection letter to YouTube and Instagram personality Elle Darby.

Ms Darby, from Bath, also boasted her videos and Instagram pictures had been "amazing" for world famous resort Universal Orlando in Florida - which hosts nearly 10 million visitors every year.

Darby said that she made the same deal with a Florida hotel previously and that "it's been fantastic for them", per The Telegraph.

In owner Paul Stenson's reply, he wrote: "Thank you for your email looking for free accommodation in return for exposure".

"If I let you stay here in return for a feature in a video, who is going to pay the staff who look after you?"

Celebrities and other people with large online followings - called influencers - frequently promote products and services without their followers knowing if they were compensated.

Darby, who has over 87,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel and 76,000 Instagram followers, had asked for a five-night stay at his hotel in return for publicity on YouTube and Instagram.

Hotel owner bans 'vloggers' after free stay request
Hotel owner bans 'vloggers' after free stay request

Since then, United Kingdom blogger Elle Darby has identified herself as the person behind the email request and confronted the situation in a "story time" video uploaded to her YouTube channel.

In the video, Ms Darby claimed people over the age of 30 "had no idea how social media works these days", and revealed she had received hundreds of messages of abuse.

The hotel then went on to ban all bloggers, saying: "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 members was not granted her request for a freebie is giving your whole industry a bad name".

Darby has upload a response to the response to YouTube, but it's 17 minutes long and we've already lost interest, plus the guy who runs the Moose seems to be a bit of an arse with a weird Twitter profile that rages against vegans and gluten-free diners, so we sort of hope they both fight each other out of existence. He began the response by taking a dig at the blogger's, what appears to be, unpersonalized email. Who is going to pay for the light and heat you use during your stay? As a 22-year-old girl, who's running her own business from her home ...

Later, the hotel posted an "apology" in which Stenson wrote "I am so sorry that I didn't think of you guys until now". "My intent was literally just to see if he wanted to do business with me in a polite and respectful way".

"If any of you attempt to enter our premises from now on, you will be ejected".

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".

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