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Angry Hotel Owner’s Response Refusing Influencer Free Accommodation Goes Viral
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Angry Hotel Owner’s Response Refusing Influencer Free Accommodation Goes Viral

Social media ‘influencers’ have become a huge industry, as more and more people spend their time on the likes of Instagram, YouTube, and Facebook rather than ‘traditional’ media like newspapers and TV.

According to media branding agency MediaKix, the money being spent on Instagram influencers and their likes has shot up in recent years and is going to continue upwards. Back in 2015, the industry was worth about $500 million. By 2020, it’s expected to be worth between $5 billion and $10 billion.

With this much money splashing around, you’d think that influencers would be happy to stump up for their own holidays, wouldn’t you? This exchange between British Vlogger Elle Darby and Paul Stenson, owner of The Charleville Lodge Hotel and The White Moose Café in Dublin, might be the beginning of a backlash against entitled influencers and their habit of asking for free things in exchange for ‘exposure.’

YouTuber Elle Darby sent this email to The Charleville Lodge Hotel, requesting free accommodation

Image credits: whitemoosecafe

Owner Paul Stenson, who also owns The White Moose Cafe, decided to post his reply on Facebook

Image credits: WhiteMooseCafe

Mr. Stenson’s sharp rebuke garnered a huge reaction online, with many people supporting his stance against an industry that we haven’t quite come to grips with yet. Many people see influencers as talentless freeloaders shamelessly hawking products with little more to offer than their looks, and this was reflected in the comments.

Unfortunately, some people took it way too far, and Ms. Darby ended up on the receiving end of a torrent of disgusting abuse.

“My issue was not with the refusal of my free hotel stay request but with how he reacted,” she explained in an emotional YouTube video. “A very simple way to have gone about it would have just been a ‘no’ or for the email to be ignored instead of me having death threats and cancer wishes.”

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Ironically, in his quest to expose the ‘exposure’ culture, an unrepentant Mr. Stenson got more exposure for his business than he could’ve possibly imagined.

Image credits: WhiteMooseCafe

As influencers united to defend their industry and condemn the business owner’s attitude, Mr. Stenson upped the ante by announcing a complete ban on influencers, saying that any that try to enter the premises and ask for free services would be “ejected.”

Image credits: WhiteMooseCafe

He also sent Ms. Darby a mock ‘bill’ for all the exposure his actions had earned, just to further his point.

Image credits: whitemoosecafe

Mr. Stenson is no stranger to controversy, having made the headlines for several instances of social media outrage. His tongue-in-cheek, no-holds-barred communications sharply divide people, with some applauding his honesty and biting humor, while others consider him to be somewhat of a bully.

He once left an insane guest directory in the rooms of his hotel, with the following warning about hairdryers:

“If you try to steal the hairdryer from your room, you will be in for a little surprise. There is an explosive device installed on the inner wall of the hairdryer chamber, if you attempt to remove it from the room, the anti-theft system at the front door will detect the hairdryer in your bag and detonate the explosives, killing you and anyone around you.”

Image credits: whitemoosecafe

He also took on vegans after they reacted negatively to one of his tongue-in-cheek posts, issuing this ban on the entire ‘vegan population:’

“Given the torrent of abuse and unjustified negative reviews we have been receiving from the vegan population over the past 24 hours, all vegans are now barred from our café. Any vegans attempting to enter the café will be shot dead at point-blank range.”

Image credits: WhiteMooseCafe

Add Ed Sheeran fans to the long list of people that Mr. Stenson has insulted, and you wonder how long this can go on. Business still seems to be good, however, and Mr. Stenson is unapologetic about his manner of communication on Facebook.

“It’s not nasty, it’s funny, it’s a joke and not meant to be taken any other way,” he said. “Facebook is not a place for professionals, it’s a place for fun and engagement and having a laugh.”

“We filter out the people who can’t have a laugh via Facebook, I’d much rather have our 30 rooms occupied by happy people.”

Here’s what people had to say about the exchange

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ADHORTATOR
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3 years ago

I would like to have a beer with Mr. Stenson.

m. b
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3 years ago

Round is on me

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Wil Vanderheijden
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3 years ago

Influencers exist because of their followers: Stupid people following entitled lazy freeloaders telling them how to lead their lives.

Kenny Kulbiski
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3 years ago

Agreed. I don't know which is creepier, so called influencers or the influenced.

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Pungent Sauce
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3 years ago

I love everything about this man and his business. If I ever make it to where my grandparents sailed to America from, I know exactly where I’m staying (And paying)! Thanks for being you, Paul!

Jennifer Tarin
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3 years ago

https://charlevillelodge.ie/#aboutus Their website is just as spectacular as the responses in this story.

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
3 years ago

I would like to have a beer with Mr. Stenson.

m. b
Community Member
3 years ago

Round is on me

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Wil Vanderheijden
Community Member
3 years ago

Influencers exist because of their followers: Stupid people following entitled lazy freeloaders telling them how to lead their lives.

Kenny Kulbiski
Community Member
3 years ago

Agreed. I don't know which is creepier, so called influencers or the influenced.

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Pungent Sauce
Community Member
3 years ago

I love everything about this man and his business. If I ever make it to where my grandparents sailed to America from, I know exactly where I’m staying (And paying)! Thanks for being you, Paul!

Jennifer Tarin
Community Member
3 years ago

https://charlevillelodge.ie/#aboutus Their website is just as spectacular as the responses in this story.

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