Influencer slammed for offering to help restaurant by eating free food

A fashion and fitness influencer has been slammed online for asking to “help” a restaurant by promoting it.

Jasmine Rollason, who has 36,000 followers, was criticised for the move which saw her looking to exchange a post for free food.

The post was shared by a professional food critic this week while some restaurants are still trying to recover for the devastation caused by the Covid-19 lockdowns.

The 20-year-old, from Australia, told the restaurant that she had many followers on social media, stating: “Trust me and will value my opinions and posts on your restaurant”.

“I love creating content for brands and I would be more than happy to supply your company images you can share.

“I am more than happy to help out.”

Screenshots of the exchange were posted on Instagram by popular food critic John Lethlean, who is known for exposing influencers.

He captioned the snap: “A model and a reviewer.”

Jasmine’s page only features one paid partnership with a venue, but her posts do seem to flog the clothes and products she uses, claims 7news.

Comments on the critic’s post were disgusted by Jasmine’s request.

One fan said: “Just pay for your dinner sweetie and leave a review on their website like normal people do.”

Another added: “Who’s helping whom I wonder.”

“Ffs when will the freeloading end,” a third added.

Previously, a restaurant outed an influencer page for asking for free food.

John Lethlean, writer for the Australian, posted a snap of the messages exchanged between an anonymous restaurant owner and Elle Groves who runs the Instagram account Two Teaspoons.

The blogger had written to the restaurant saying the pair loved the look of the place and offering a collaboration.

She wrote: “We would love to come try it out in exchange for some stories on our personal accounts, and a post and stories on our food page accounts.

“Would you guys be interested in doing this collab? If not, we completely understand. We can’t wait to hear from you.”

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The owner said: “I’ve decided to take the high road and explain a few things to you in the hope that you learn something and become a better person.

“Reaching out blind to a venue you know nothing about looking for free stuff is a sh***y enough thing to do at the best of times.

“But it’s even worse when Covid is still very much a thing, affecting small businesses like us devastatingly for two years now.”

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