35 Influencers That Were Hilariously Shamed

By Jake Schroeder

There’s a fine line between working with a company to promote something and asking for free products in a deal that doesn’t benefit the business. These 35 influencers crossed the line and asked for too much!

You Pay Me

This influencer went too far by offering exposure for a pretty steep fee. They offered Instagram exposure for the restaurant’s food if they offered the food cost-free and paid $125. The company turned the tables and offered the food with a bill for the cost of a “realistic” experience…

You Pay Me
You Pay Me

How Hard Could It Be?

When people ask for free things, they don’t often respect the work that goes into what they’re asking for. This influencer and head of a marketing agency had trouble with just that. They asked a developer to work on a coding project with them but offered them exposure rather than their $50/hour rate. When they were turned down and told it was a project that would take 3 to 6 months and that they wouldn’t do for free, they asked how hard it could be to code something.

How Hard Could It Be
How Hard Could It Be

Very Pinteresting

For a start, any social media influencer who is trying to make a deal with you who can’t spell to save their life, you know it’s probably a business venture not worth pursuing. And that’s just scratching the surface of what’s wrong with the following person. After the long maths equation of an offer that this Pinterest user proposed, the owner of the product in question eventually proposed a counteroffer that was surely going to put this strange discussion to bed.

Very Pinteresting
Very Pinteresting

300+ Followers

When you’re trying to sell yourself to a company, you need to have something to show for it. For most, this means showing you have a following strong enough to makes the collaboration worth it. This “influencer” didn’t quite have the reach that the company thought was necessary to agree to work with them. A shoutout to 315 people just isn’t the bartering chip this person was hoping for. The business owner didn’t hesitate to tell them that they refused to work for free.

300+ Followers
300+ Followers

Fake Station

If you are a huge social media influencer and have tons of fans to attend to, do you really have time to play video games? This guy thinks he does. He was determined to get a second-hand PS4 via Craigslist but was called out on his methods pretty quickly. Even now, PS4’s go for much more than 10-20 bucks! This person had the audacity to offer that much. Also, he actually thought that following the seller would be enough to seal the deal.

Fake Station
Fake Station

Do It for the Exposure

It’s always nice to get complimented on the products you provide, right? Well, as this business owner found out, this isn’t always the case. Sometimes, it’s a ploy to further their gain. They turned down the offer but counteroffered a huge discount. The influencer condescendingly turned them down, informing them that “that’s not how it works” and saying that “they must be new to the game.” In the end, they didn’t get anything from the business except denial and blocked from future messages.

Do It for the Exposure
Do It for the Exposure

Nothing Just for Free

Again, a company must be able to rely on an influencer if they decide to work with them. If it turns out they don’t hold a lot of sway, the company will lose profit. Like Shattered Earth, this hotel had an answer to this. The influencer would pay for their stay and be given a coupon code. This would offer their followers 5% on any stay through the end of the year. If 10 people used this within 30 days, their stay would be refunded.

Nothing Just for Free
Nothing Just for Free

Training for Free

Professionals with traditionally high rates have a special skill that they’re willing to share. This “lifestyle influencer” took the chance to let them use their skills – for a fee. One personal trainer responded by calling the request offensive. They noted that the influencer was recognizing them as talented but not worth paying. They also noted that exposure only goes so far and doesn’t pay the bills or feed their families.

Training for Free
Training for Free

These Things Take Time

When it comes to art, masterpieces aren’t made in just a couple of minutes. It often takes an artist hours to create a drawing to a client’s specifications. Remember, those are hours that detract from other activities that artists could do, so they expect to be compensated for their time. When this influencer was offered likes in exchange for a drawing, they had to once again bear the bad news that likes don’t pay the bills.

These Things Take Time
These Things Take Time

Take a Hint

Sometimes, companies don’t even want to dignify an influencer asking for free stuff with a response. That doesn’t mean that influencers quit asking, though. This particular influencer couldn’t read the company’s silence as a negative answer. Instead, he continued to send repeated emails to the company with an increasingly abusive tone touting how successful and effective he was as an influencer. Once again, he didn’t quite get the attention he wanted but he did get his messages posted online!

Take a Hint
Take a Hint

Reality TV Talk

This influencer reached out to a famous restaurant in the hopes they would get a free meal. They promised the owner their Instagram had a high engagement rate and it would be worth their while. The restaurant was quick to fire back, urging them to do the right thing and pay if they wanted a meal. They continued to say the couple didn’t have any real influence. They even pointed out that celebrities like Katy Perry had the decency to pay for their meals.

Reality TV Talk
Reality TV Talk

Calling All Rising Stars

This YouTube channel lost its host during a dispute amongst the creators and development team. Now, they need a new one which led to the creation of their YouTube Rising Star Program. The goal of this program is to find a full-time employee to hold titles such as creative director, scriptwriter, host, videographer, and editor. The payment? Some sweet exposure to their 100k subscribers and additional exposure on their IGTV account. All in all, it’s a lot of work for little payoff.

Calling All Rising Stars
Calling All Rising Stars

For the Greater Good

When this company set up their event, they decided that 70% of the entrance fees would go to helping the homeless. That’s why this influencer’s request was so infuriating. Not only did they want the entrance fee waived for them, but they wanted the ability to bring a free plus one as well. In return, they offered to promote the event and give the event planner a shoutout. Needless to say, all they ended up getting was their conversation posted online.

For the Greater Good
For the Greater Good

The Big Influowski

When you introduce an ad on Craigslist with “UNPAID intern needed for insane human bent on world domination,” you know you should probably look away instantly. This guy had the audacity to think that he could actually get someone to buy this ad and do some sort of work with him. However, by the time you read the last responsibility of the job spec, which is “love me,” it would take a royal mess-up to believe that this ad was actually legit.

The Big Influowski
The Big Influowski

Taking a Mullet

Social media influencers will try and pull all sorts of tricks in order to get into a club. Take this person for example, who supposedly recently moved into the area and sent an offer to a club in which she would promote them if they let her in for free. Moreover, she was expecting them to give her a bottle and a private booth. Thankfully, they were quick to burst her bubble when they mentioned that someone else had done much more for much less…

Taking a Mullet
Taking a Mullet

Five Star Influencer

Don’t you just hate it when you look at reviews for a product and see that some people have given it five stars without even using the darn thing? That’s exactly what happened when this person gave a perfect review. However, after reading the handful of sentences, it is clear that the person is simply “kissing the babies” in order to get the company to provide them with the product for free so that they can promote it on social media.

Five Star Influencer
Five Star Influencer

Follow the Leader

It’s amazing how many people on this list think they can fool companies by offering to try their stuff so that they can promote it. But when you only have 200 friends on social media, how much reach is that promoting going to make? That’s what happened in the following image. The owner of the brand simply couldn’t leave it. He needed to screenshot the conversation, post it on his Instagram story, and expose this wannabe influencer for taking so many liberties.

Follow the Leader
Follow the Leader

An Offer You Can’t Refuse

Some social media influencers have no idea how to use the art of negotiation. Some think that they can just make demands and everything will go their way. Take this person, for example, who had the audacity to demand clothes from a company. Sure, they offered to promote the company in the process, but there was hardly any courtesy or politeness that went into it. Wait, what’s the word that we’re looking for? Oh, “professionalism,” that’s the one.

An Offer You Can’t Refuse
An Offer You Can’t Refuse

Sounds Fair

Unlike other images on this list, this one doesn’t see the “influencer” in question called out for their actions. Nevertheless, the offer that this person is proposing via an Instagram story is outrageous, to say the very least. They sincerely think that all they need to do is have a session from a makeup artist and hairstylist and the promotion will be enough to make some sort of deal. How about you throw in some money? That usually works too, you know.

Sounds Fair
Sounds Fair

‘Til Death Do Us Part

Any bride should feel pampered and like a million bucks on their wedding day. However, no top quality service comes for free. Ultimately though, this woman from Bangalore, who was getting married very soon, thought she had a chance of getting some free clothes for her big day. As long as they would take photos of themselves wearing the clothes and promote the company in question, then it would be a legitimately good deal for everyone involved…

‘Til Death Do Us Part
‘Til Death Do Us Part

Bachelor Lifestyle

Seriously, how does the furniture company in this Instagram story actually benefit from the offer being proposed? From here, it appears that the person is trying to get some free furniture so that they can have pictures taken of them sitting on it on their social media profiles. The only benefit the company gets is some exposure. Last time we checked, human beings have to pay for things that they can sit or lie down on. This is something new…

Bachelor Lifestyle
Bachelor Lifestyle

Paid in Fool

When you have an “influencer” sliding into your DMs with some ridiculous offers, all you can do is counter them with an offer that is just as ridiculous. We are not too sure who is going to win this battle. At the moment though, it doesn’t seem like either party is going to budge and agree on whatever they are proposing to each other. They should probably both check out now and move on with their lives.

Paid in Fool
Paid in Fool

A Vicious Cycle of Messages

Don’t you just love it when influencers suggest that they have been able to run the same scam many times before to the person they are pitching the same offer to? The analogy that the restaurant made in response to the influencer’s offer was a crude one to say the very least, and you could say it is even offensive. However, if that doesn’t make the point that they are not interested in collaborating, then nothing will.

A Vicious Cycle of Messages
A Vicious Cycle of Messages

Not Playing Games

When an influencer reached out to the Pazar Food Collective, they weren’t ready to compromise profit for promises that wouldn’t mean much to them. They stated exactly what they thought. Upon being asked for a collab, they asked for an elaboration. When they learned it was posted in exchange for free food, they let loose. They informed the influencer that they were a “spoiled brat” and that they weren’t going to agree to the deal and they weren’t welcome in their establishment anymore.

Not Playing Games
Not Playing Games

Desperate Influencers

Here is another example of a bunch of reality TV people who thought they had the star power to convince a restaurant to give them a free meal. The chance is though that not everyone knows the reality stars in question. We’ve never watched Real Housewives of Cheshire, so why would they expect that this restaurant did? While we haven’t located the response that the restaurant made, we can’t imagine that they were pleased with the offer if it eventually found its way online.

Desperate Influencers
Desperate Influencers

Best Food Never!

Most of us are only really compelled to write a review about a restaurant we went to either if the food and experience were outstanding or if it was extremely bad. However, the following social media influencer only had good things to say about the food he had at an Italian restaurant. The problem was that he assumed he’d be entitled to a discount if he shared photos of the food he ate on social media. He was wrong…

Best Food Never!
Best Food Never!

Influencer with No Following

There are plenty of tools out there made for online content creators. To promote these, it isn’t rare for certain creators with large followers to get a free or discounted item to try. This YouTuber certainly thought he was up to the task when he saw an ad for the Stream Deck Mini. Unfortunately, he overlooked the fact that a large following is a necessary part of being a successful influencer. The company didn’t seem to think his 40 subscribers was enough.

Influencer with No Following
Influencer with No Following

Clothing Catastrophe

This time, an influencer started out asking for free clothes and quickly updated their order. They wanted four pieces of custom clothing. This would’ve been a total of over $400. Further, the owner found out that the posts would only be on her Instagram story for an hour. Her “starting price” for more than this would be $150 on top of the $400 worth of merchandise that she was asking for. The business didn’t respond to the influencer and swiftly reported her as spam.

Clothing Catastrophe
Clothing Catastrophe

A Vacation to Remember

When this business owner received an email asking for one to two days worth of free ice cream in exchange for exposure, they knew exactly what to say. The deal they offered was in return for the free product, the asking company would distribute the ice cream to influencers who would tag the ice cream provider in their social media posts. When the business owner fired back, though, he stated he’d “rather vacation in North Korea” than oblige.

A Vacation to Remember
A Vacation to Remember

From $5 to Free

This artist had a pretty fair deal for their clients: for only $5, they would be able to use a full minute of the artist’s vocals. Yet, this wasn’t enough for one influencer. Instead, they wanted 10 minutes of free vocals in return for exposure. They even reminded the artist that they usually offer this deal at a minimum of a $60 charge. When the artist declined, they quickly became abusive and insulted the artist. In turn, the artist posted the exchange online.

From $5 to Free
From $5 to Free

Being #1 Isn’t Enough

This influencer started with what seemed like a great offer. They were a Perth-based influencer ready to showcase the best of their locale and the surrounding area and wanted to include this restaurant. When the restaurant agreed, the influencer asked the question: what would they offer them in return? They responded that they wouldn’t offer any complimentary services and they’d have to settle for coming to a restaurant with reviews naming them #1 restaurant in Western Australia.

Being #1 Isn’t Enough
Being #1 Isn’t Enough

Art for Exposure

When most people need something, they recognize that their wants come at a cost. This influencer did, but assumed that the cost would be to the artist not to them. They wanted a song for their profile so they contacted an artist they liked asking if they could post the song. The only catch was that the artist would have to pay the influencer $10. They denied the request and informed them if the song was posted without their consent they would sue.

Art for Exposure
Art for Exposure

Grammatical Callout

The influencer in this drama sent out a message to a wine bar owner offering HD photographs of their business on their page. The catch? The restaurant had to “collaborate” with them on the effort. The business not only declined but pointed out that they may want to work on the grammar in their professional message. In return, the influencer thanked them for their feedback, offered an excuse, and said in light of the company’s behavior they “kindly” retracted their offer.

Grammatical Callout
Grammatical Callout

One-Star Review

Leaving a one-star review for a restaurant can damage its reputation. This influencer thought it was appropriate to leave such a review on this restaurant because they wouldn’t compensate her for her meal. Otherwise, they said they were impressed with the service and the food. However, they made it very clear that the problem was when the bill came. Not only did they not compensate for the meal, but they also didn’t give them any discount. They continue that the “manager needs to understand how to treat customers.”

One-Star Review
One-Star Review

A Price Bump

Sometimes, asking for something for free will do the exact opposite of what you want. After all, anyone who wants something for free definitely won’t want to pay more for their product. This ice cream shop owner took things a step further when influencers kept asking him for free items. First, he stated that the product he sold was only $4 – something any notable influencers should be able to afford. Then, he took things a step further to let everyone know “influencers pay double.”

A Price Bump
A Price Bump

A Fair Point

When one influencer contacted The White Moose Cafe, she requested the standard service for exposure deal. She and her partner were planning to stay at their hotels on a trip to Dublin. Instead, the company made a statement on Twitter expressing their distaste for the request, even telling the influencer that it doesn’t show a lot of self-respect or dignity to ask. They even added a more general message later that they were banning bloggers from their business.

A Fair Point
A Fair Point

Food for Free

To influencers who tend to ask for free items, “collaboration” is quite the buzzword. That’s exactly what this influencer turned to when they wanted free food. They contacted a restaurant specializing burgers asking for a collab. The details were that they and a friend would get a free meal and the restaurant would receive some Instagram pictures and a Zomato review. Instead, the company posted the conversation on Instagram calling them out on a deal that would benefit only the influencer.

Food for Free
Food for Free

Asking Too Much

A wedding is a day to remember. This influencer wanted to remember her wedding with her followers by asking for a lot including an hour-long documentary, an hour-long wedding video, 1,000 photos for free. In return, they would promote their brand on Instagram and Facebook and give out a coupon for the company with a 25% discount. When the brand emailed them back calling them out for such an unfair offer, they continued to call the business unprofessional and abusive.

Asking Too Much
Asking Too Much

Live-In Influencer

Asking for a free meal or piece of clothing is one thing. Asking to live for free in an apartment as a “live-in influencer” is another level of entitlement altogether. This time, the influencer was Chase McNary, a runner-up on the 20th season of The Bachelorette. The arrangement in this situation was that McNary would offer exposure in the place of rent for living in an apartment. Needless to say, he only got his insane request posted online for all to see.

Live-In Influencer
Live-In Influencer

Prove It

Unfortunately, many people claim popularity they don’t have. This means that businesses that take them up on their offer of “exposure” often lose money rather than make it. Shattered Earth has a way around. Every influencer gets a coupon code to go with the merch they purchased. If their followers use that code at least 10 times within a month, they get a refund on their product and shipping costs. So far, they said no one has taken them up on the offer.

Prove It
Prove It

It’s Not Enough

One of the problems that people run into today is that the term influencer is fairly broadly defined. So, someone can call themselves an influencer without having any real, notable influence. This often puts companies in the awkward position of having to turn away influencers who aren’t worth their time. For instance, one Facebook user shared a post saying that her sister worked for Sports Direct and an influencer contacted them only for her to have to tell him he wasn’t popular enough.

It’s Not Enough
It’s Not Enough

White Wedding

Being a wedding caterer can be a very rewarding job. After all, you get to spend your time helping people plan one of the happiest moments of their lives. However, weddings aren’t a cheap endeavor – especially weddings with plenty of guests. This influencer contacted a wedding planner asking for free service for a wedding with 300 to 320 guests. They were also informed that after offering a discount, the people at the wedding wouldn’t eat much, it was just for appearances.

White Wedding
White Wedding

What a Trade!

This photographer was pretty excited when an influencer reached out to them with interest in their pictures. However, she had a “trade” in mind rather than a payment. They’d do the photos for free and she’d post them. They offered a reasonable counter: they could test out a different camera and background and she’d keep the pictures. She quickly turned them down and prompted a plan in which they would pay her. They promptly turned her down and posted the conversation online.

What a Trade!
What a Trade!

The Only Way is Down

It won’t take long to realize that there are many people who were on reality TV shows who think that they are serious social media influencers. However, not all reality TV “stars” end up staying relevant, which can certainly be seen in the following tweet. This person, who works at a sportswear store recalled the time that someone who was on the British show The Only Way Is Essex asked if they could promote some of their clothes. Their reply was hilarious…

The Only Way is Down
The Only Way is Down

Bills to Pay

Exposure is great but it isn’t as valuable as many influencers think. Not to mention, the products and services they ask for have a cost for a reason. When this influencer offered a “social promotion” for free products. The owner was quick to point out that the exposure they offered wouldn’t pay the bills. They went on to tell the influencer that the practice they were participating in was “disgraceful” and finished off by telling them to have a great week.

Bills to Pay
Bills to Pay

Preemptive Measures

When it comes to influencers wanting free things, they tend to come out of nowhere. That’s why certain companies have to get ahead to avoid these conflicts. This company did just that with a sign outside their door. This informed influencers that they were welcome into the store. However, if they tried to use their influencer status as leverage, they wouldn’t only have to pay the bill, the restaurant would go ahead and double it. After all, an influencer should be able to afford it, right?

Preemptive Measures
Preemptive Measures

Caption Included

Sometimes influencers have enough sway to get the deal they want. Yet, they can still shame themselves if they mess up their posts. That’s exactly what Scott Disick did when he had a collaboration with a protein shake manufacturer. His caption would have been fine if he hadn’t included the instructions on what he should post and when he should post it. His followers quickly picked up the blunder and roasted him in the comments of the Instagram post.

Caption Included
Caption Included

A Counteroffer to Remember

White Banana Beach Club decided to announce all the influencers contacting them at once with this announcement – effectively dissuading them from contacting the company further. In the announcement, they say they have no interest in collaborating with these influencers. They continue to suggest that they find another way to “eat, drink, or sleep for free.” They even go as far as to suggest they try to “actually work” to pay for the services that their company provides.

A Counteroffer to Remember
A Counteroffer to Remember

Money for Nothing

When this Tumblr user pointed out that influencer culture was “gross” but they wanted “money for doing absolutely nothing too,” one influencer was quick to snap back with a response. They laid out a laundry list of drawbacks. These ranged from waking up early while at hotels to eating cold food because it took too long to get the perfect picture. Another user was quick to step in and apologize that receiving free hotel stays and free food was so stressful.

Money for Nothing
Money for Nothing

Expensive Things

If you’re asking for something free, you’re undervaluing the work, talent, and cost it takes to make something happen. This can be even more infuriating when its an expensive luxury item you have the money for. This automotive designer was fairly fed up with the trend of influencers when he posted a short note on his Instagram story. The moral of the story? If you drive a $200K or more car and have the nerve to ask to pay in exposure, you can leave his business.

Expensive Things
Expensive Things