In this day and age, we’re used to seeing our social media feeds filled up with shots of influencers living their best lives – whether it be staying at an incredible resort or dining at a fabulous restaurant.
In order to keep getting likes and followers, some Instagram stars have been known to ask businesses for freebies in return for promotion on their accounts.
And it’s fair to say that this approach doesn’t always go down very well.
We’ve previously seen how some business owners send savage replies to those bold enough to ask for free stuff, but one family-run restaurant has come up with a very different response.
A Twitter user (@UnBassador) gained a lot of attention recently after explaining the way their family handles these requests at their Greek restaurant.
They wrote: “My family has a restaurant on an island. Dozens of messages like the one below come every year (‘I’m an influencer, should I go and eat and post a photo of the store on Instagram?’)
“For the last three years I have been responding with the following ‘Thank you very much, the store has a policy. Every Instagrammer who visits us we charge him normally and we offer free food of equal value to someone in need’.”
So essentially, if an influencer buys a meal and then promotes the restaurant on social media – they donate a meal to someone who actually can’t afford to pay for food and really deserves a free meal.
Thousands liked the tweets and praised the business for giving back, branding their solution “wonderful”.
However it seems not everyone was a fan of their approach.
The user @UnBassador went on to admit that despite sending this response to every influencer that messages – not a single one has taken them up on the offer to help someone in need yet.
They added: “NO ONE has accepted to come with these conditions. That is, to pay for his food even if I then offer free food to people in need. Usually they did not even answer. Some even delete their original message.”
How very disheartening!
One person replied to the viral Twitter thread, saying: “What bothers me most about this is that by western standards, meals in Greece are EXTREMELY affordable. There is no reason for anyone not to pay. In fact, in this economy, it’s despicable not to.”
Another commented: “Perfect answer to something so stupidly selfish.”
“Your way of managing it is wonderful. Sincerely, congratulations,” added a third.
Someone else said: “Very good management and well done for taking it one step further and offering a meal to someone in need.”