Wednesday, 19 January 2022

YouTuber shamed by notorious White Moose Cafe owner

Bath YouTuber Elle Darby

Bath social media influencer Elle Darby said she was “torn to pieces” after being shamed by a notorious hotel and café owner in Dublin.

The 22-year-old earns a living as a fitness and lifestyle vlogger on YouTube, with just short of 90,000 subscribers following her channel.

Her job often sees her work with major brands and other companies to promote them through social media in return for discounts and freebies.

But a request she sent to Paul Stenson, of the White Moose Café and Charleville Lodge Hotel, about a possible collaboration did not receive the response she expected.

Bath-YouTuber Elle Darby

Mr Stenson, a self-confessed controversy addict on social media, decided to post her email requesting a complimentary stay at the hotel on Facebook along with a brutal message.

“Thank you for your email looking for free accommodation in return for exposure,” he said. “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 waiters who serve you breakfast? The receptionist who checks you in? Who is going to pay for the light and heat you use during your stay? The laundering of your bed sheets? The water rates?

“Maybe I should tell my staff they will be featured in your video in lieu of receiving payment for work carried out while you’re in residence?”

Reaction to the post was mixed as some praised Mr Stenson for calling her out, while others felt it was completely unfair to share the email and considered it bullying.

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