BAGGING A free dinner must be nice for some, with many influencers often showing off their freebie meals on Instagram.
But a fed-up restaurant owner has sent a scathing response to an Instagram influencer who tried her luck to bag a free dinner at his restaurant in exchange for publicity on social media.
An Instagram influencer who asked a restaurant to do a ‘collaboration’ instead received a scathing responseCredit: Getty
The food blogger Elle Groves, who runs Instagram page @twoteaspoons, with friend Annie Knight, approached an unnamed restaurant for a ‘collaboration’ and asked to ‘try out’ his meals.
Elle asked: “We would love to come and try it out in exchange for some stories on our personal accounts, and a post and stories on our food page accounts”.
The messages were then shared by a restaurant critic John Lethlean, along with the restaurant owner’s furious response.
It’s safe to say that the owner was not happy, and told the influencer that her message ‘triggered’ him after Covid forced him to get another job on his days off to ensure that his staff were paid.
The owner said: “Hey, Elle apologies for the delay…I’ve been grappling with how much rage to demonstrate/throw in your direction.
“I’ve decided to take the high road and explain a few things to you in the hope that you’ll learn something and become a better person.
“Reaching out blind to a venue you know nothing about looking for free stuff is a s****y enough thing to do in the best of times.
“But it’s even worse when Covid is still very much a thing, affecting small businesses like us devastatingly for two years now.
“Many hospitality businesses are still trying to catch up from devastating losses and stresses over the past two years, and we’re certainly one of them.”
The influencer sent the request for a ‘collaboration’ with the restaurantCredit: Instasgram/@johnlethlean
The restaurant owner was in complete shock at the request and sent back a savage responseCredit: Instasgram/@johnlethlean
The owner stressed the conditions that the hospitality industry has experienced recentlyCredit: Instasgram/@johnlethlean
The response has got numerous social media users talking, with many applauding the owner for his honest response.
One person said: “A very polite and on point response.”
Another added: “A brilliant, well thought out response.”
A third commented: “How good is the response. Words that speak for an industry on it knees. Kudos to whoever penned this.”
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The influencers, Ms Groves and Ms Knight, told Daily Mail Australia the aim of their page was to create awareness for small cafes and businesses by promoting them to their 10,000 combined followers.
They said: “We have never asked companies for free food, it is always left open to them to what they want to offer.
“We have dined at 99 per cent of restaurants featured on our page paying full price.
“We only wanted to offer this professional exchange based off the amazing feedback we received from the companies that approached us.
“We always have the restaurant’s interest at heart and have a huge passion for food and the experiences it brings.”
The owner was absolutely fuming with the request and many social media users responded with praise to the responseCredit: Getty
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