We interrupt your DACA, government shutdown, feminists are still whiny b!tchs, and politicians generally suck news to honor a hero. I’ve already put a call into the Vatican to beatify this man when God welcomes him home. First, the setup.
Elle Darby, a self-described “influencer” sent a letter to Paul Stenson of Charleville Lodge Dublin and White Moose Cafe, offering lots of Instagram photos, YouTube views, and general “exposure” in exchange for a free stay at White Moose.
Here’s a screen shot of the email. Note names have been redacted by Stenson:
White Moose’s response:
As someone who’s dealt with entitled idiots in a previous life, after reading this story, I fist-bumped so hard I’ll need to call in a dry-wall specialist. But I’ll offer him legal tender for services rendered. Not a tweet. Because people can’t pay bills with “exposure.” I just laud Paul for not telling this woman to wipe her bum with her exposure.
Yes, even toilet paper is purchased with money. Not “but I’ll take an Instagram shot of your glorious TP built up like the Hogwarts castle. Gimme gimme free stuff?”
Incidentally, if you, the person reading this post, thinks “exposure” is a fine thing to offer someone in lieu of actual money, you should feel great shame.
But wait, it gets better.
Despite the name being redacted, the “Influencer” (I can’t wait to add that to my LinkedIn during my “I guess I should look at LinkedIn it’s been a few years” fleeting moment) outed herself and CLAIMED TO BE THE VICTIM:
She disabled the comments. So I couldn’t ask what happened to her eye. Nor could I commend her for matching her pink sweater to the flowers in the background. Or complain about the abuse of jump cuts.
If I’m being honest, I couldn’t finish the video. I won’t judge you if you can’t either. Even if you have, in your past, demanded something in exchange for “exposure.” Slap yourself until your eye is red.
After Elle broke the delicate skin on her fingers after so much strumming of her tiny violin, White Moose upped the ante. In addition to banning all bloggers from the establishment, White Moose added some tip-jars to their counter:
After such a skirmish, a lot of publicity was generated for both the White Moose, in addition to Elle Darby. So much so, the owner of White Moose (Paul Stenson) posted an invoice for Ms. Darby:
Lemme tie this up in a neat bow. It’s not that all bloggers are entitled cash weasels, bent on getting that which they believe they’re owed. It’s not even a generational thing, as I’ve been told by Baby-Boomers I could “get exposure” if I just did a logo or website for free. “Sense of entitlement” was coined long before Millennials began vomiting their vacuous thoughts all over social media. Baby-Boomers and GenXers can be just as guilty of being grabby, entitled brats as Millennials. Millennials just have more ways to air their entitlement. Hence they get blamed for so much of it. I’m not going to lay this entirely at their feet. Not when we have adult-diaper models like Bernie Sanders telling everyone they “deserve” healthcare.
Entitlement in the 21st century has become its own business. It seems to affect the left more than the right, but the right has its share of entitled, grabby-hand lemmings. People who are entitled were somehow born without shame, and parade their sense of entitlement around for all to see. I would say “you know who you are” but you don’t.
Ms. Darby’s first letter should’ve asked Paul Stenson (addressing him by name instead of “Hi there” if he was interested in advertising with her. She should’ve followed up with ROI (return on investment) stats of companies she’d advertised for, providing White Moose with value. Instead, she asked for a free thing in exchange for a bone thrown via Instagram.
Here’s the lesson: don’t ask for free things. You are owed nothing. If someone offers you something, or an upgrade to a thing, in exchange for a blog post, Instagram post, or Facebook musing (and you can accept or deny), that’s one thing. The person with the good (something of value, ergo MONEY, making them the CUSTOMER) is asking for your service (advertisement). But to go around expecting you should get something for free, because that’s how you feel, is why everyone hates you.