This Dublin hotel had the most incredible response to a social media influencer wanting a free room

19th Jan 18 | Lifestyle

The Charleville Lodge Hotel has now banned all bloggers from the premises.

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Bloggers beware, because you really don’t want to cross the Charleville Lodge Hotel.

When vlogger Elle Darby sent the hotel an email asking for free accommodation in return for YouTube videos, Instagram stories and a review, she probably didn’t expect quite so brutal a response.

Hotel manager Paul Stenson, who is also in charge of The White Moose Cafe, posted her email on Facebook with his savage reply. He writes: “It takes a lot of balls to send an email like that, if not much self-respect and dignity.”

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He then goes on to ask: “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?”

Just in case you weren’t sure of his stance, Paul continues: “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. This would show more self-respect on your part and, let’s face it, it would be less embarrassing for you.”

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And then in a mic-drop moment, Paul ends his post: “P.S. The answer is no.”

Paul really wasn’t pulling any punches, and his reply has ruffled more than a few feathers in the blogging community. Paul’s response to that? It was just as forthright as his original post.

**OFFICIAL APOLOGY TO BLOGGERS**Dear bloggers,Following the incident today in which one of your members was clearly…

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He writes: “I am so sorry that I have waited until now to mobilise you in numbers and I am kicking myself that I didn’t think about you before now. If each one of you is pissed off, and you all have your individual following (no matter how small), there is a fair chance that you will all speak badly to your followers about us which will result in a huge number of people hearing about our brand collectively.”

The uproar became so great that Paul’s next step was to ban all bloggers from the business. He explains: “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.”

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Apparently, any blogger brave enough to step on the premises will be chucked out. As one final kick at the blogging community, Paul adds: “P.S. Perhaps if you went out and got real jobs you’d be able to pay for goods and services like everybody else. Just a thought!”

Paul didn’t name Elle as the original blogger he was talking about, but she soon outed herself and made a 17-minute long vlog explaining her hurt feelings.

Elle explains that she doesn’t think she did anything wrong. “My intent was literally just to see if he wanted to do business with me in a polite and respectful way. His response came from a completely dark, nasty place,” she says.

It certainly is a very 21st century spat. All we can be sure of is that Elle won’t be staying at the Charleville Lodge Hotel any time soon – and nor will any of her pals from the blogging community.

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