As the famous saying goes, “there’s no such thing as a free lunch” – and one blogger recently found this out the hard way.
A Michelin-starred restaurant in Kilkenny, Ireland, received a note from a blogger requesting a free meal in exchange for “online exposure.”
Sounds cheeky? Well, a lot of bloggers do manage to get fed this way.
Just not this one, on this occasion.
The anonymous blogger approached the restaurant, explaining how they were after a “vegan meal for two” and “we would ideally like to try several items on the menu.”
In return, the writer offered the restaurant:
Significant online exposure on both our blogs and social media accounts; Inclusion in our ‘Vegan Guide to Ireland and/or N Ireland’ posts.
“In many cases we will also write a full separate review for your establishment.”
And: “Live tweeting, Facebook, Instagram as we visit your restaurant.”
The owner of the Campagne restaurant, says
he gets around ten similar requests from bloggers a year and has “had enough”.
I don’t normally tweet about them, but this one just struck a chord,We get about 10 per year on average.
The response was mostly a mix of ridicule and mortification from other bloggers:
Following on from this, my wife and I had a delightful experience there at the weekend. Please refund out bill in exchange for this tweet.
— David Mussett (@DMussett) September 19, 2017
I am mortified by this as a blogger!
— Amy Catherine (@redlips_redhair) September 21, 2017
Dear Sirs I can give you big exposure for Roast partridge, Savoy cabbage, black pudding, ham and walnut dauphine, foie gras sauce…😜
— CH (@jokekoky) September 21, 2017
— Stevie Cahill (@StevieCahill) September 19, 2017