Dublin hotel that banned bloggers sends YouTube star £4.5m bill for ‘all the free publicity’
Elle Darby, 22, wrote to a Dublin hotel and cafe about a "possible collaboration," involving free accommodation for her and her partner.
But her request was greeted with disdain by Paul Stenson, of the White Moose Café and Charleville Lodge Hotel in Dublin.
The hotelier accused Ms Darby of lacking in "self-respect and dignity,"
She later responded saying she was "just trying to run her own business and raise awareness of what appeared to be a stunning Dublin hotel."
Mr Stenson has now posted a photo on Twitter of a fake invoice for €5,289,000 and claimed it would be sent to the social media 'influencer'.
The invoice, printed on headed notepaper and addressed to Elle Darby, reads: "The provision of features in 114 articles across 20 countries with a potential reach of 450 million people."
It bills her for €4.3 million, plus tax.
The letter said: "Payment must be made in Euro. We do not accept Sterling. Mentions in videos will not qualify as payment."
Ms Darby now has 94,000 subscribers on Youtube, compared to 87,000 when the request was sent, and her Instagram followers have also increased to 85,000 compared to 76,000 when she wrote to the hotel.
The YouTuber has been branded a "spoilt brat" after asking a hotel for a free stay - prompting them to ban all bloggers.
she had contacted hotels around Dublin, asking them about a "possible collaboration" that would allow her to stay for free while featuring them on her social media channels.
But the offer backfired when the owner of the White Moose Café and Charleville Lodge Hotel in Dublin shared the her email - slamming her for lacking "self-respect and dignity".
Paul's initial reply said: "Thank you for your email looking for free accommodation in return for exposure.
"It takes a lot of balls to send an email like that if not much self-respect and dignity.
"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? Who is going to pay the housekeepers who clean your room?"
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."
In response, Elle Darby shared a video, called "I was exposed (SO embarrassing)", saying: "As a 22-year-old girl who is running her own business from her home, I don't feel like I did anything wrong."
She said she been angry, sad, upset and embarrassed by the situation.
She added: "There were also over about over 100 comments again saying disgusting things about me all because I had gone to this certain hotel and emailed them politely offering them a business idea."
Elle Darby has nearly 90,000 subscribers on Youtube and more than 79,000 Instagram followers.
Source: The Sun