Hotel Fines $500 for every bad review
According to the NY Post's Page Six, a hotel in Hudson, NY is trying their best to avoid getting bad reviews. Not by providing great service, but by charging guests $500 for every less than stellar review posted.
BOBFM employees have recently adopted this protocol for all employee reviews. BOB himself is currently fighting the policy.
"The Union Street Guest House, near Catskills estates built by the Vanderbilts and Rockefellers, charges couples who book weddings at the venue $500 for every bad review posted online by their guests.
“Please know that despite the fact that wedding couples love Hudson and our inn, your friends and families may not,” reads an online policy. “If you have booked the inn for a wedding or other type of event . . . and given us a deposit of any kind . . . there will be a $500 fine that will be deducted from your deposit for every negative review . . . placed on any internet site by anyone in your party.”
If you take down the nasty review, you’ll get your money back.
For any bad reviews that do make it online, the innkeepers aggressively post “mean spirited nonsense,” and “she made all of this up.”
Here is some backlash the hotel faced after the policy went public.