‘I was actually so impressed that when the manager came to as us how everything tasted I told her it was some of the best Italian food I’ve had and I told her I’m going to post about it on Instagram where I have over 11 thousand followers and a lot of them are in the area. She seemed very happy about it.
‘I was wrong. I thought that she would be greatful (sic) for the free advertising but when the check came there was literally no discount at all. I thought at least one of the entrees would be taken off but they didn’t even take off the calamari or even the drinks!
I won’t go back here because of this. Which is a shame because the food was very good. The manager needs to understand how to treat customers.’
But if the influencer thought the people would support her for giving such a bad review, she was dead wrong.
‘Is she for real? She can pay for her meal like the rest of us,’ wrote one. Added another: ‘Giving a horrible review like that all because she couldn’t have free food ... she should be ashamed of herself. There was no arrangement with the restaurant before she ate there, where does she get off?’
The review drama is the latest ‘Cous Cous for comment’ scandal to hit the headlines, with many restauranteurs taking on social media influencers who ask for free food in response for favourable posts.
Chef Duncan Welgemoed, part owner of Adelaide’s acclaimed Africola restaurant, recently created headlines after he posted a scathing response to an MKR contestant who asked for a free meal in exchange for positive social media coverage.
Writing on his Instagram page, the chef wrote: ‘How about you do the right thing and pay for your meal, like everyone else, you do not generate any hype or actual dollars for any business you post about.
‘The ATO [Australian tax office], suppliers nor staff care about exposure. If katy perry can pay for a meal in my restaurant, so can you. Good luck with your depressing demo at Marion shopping centre.’