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Restaurateur Slams The Real Housewives Of Cheshire Stars Dawn Ward, Perla Navia And Rachel Lugo For Asking For Free Meal In Exchange For Social Media Posts!

Chis Laidler, the owner of independent wine bar and restaurant Convino in Chester publicly slammed Real Housewives of Cheshire stars Dawn Ward, Perla Navia and Rachel Lugo for asking for a free meal and drinks in exchange for social media promotional posts.

On Tuesday, Laidler shared a screenshot on Twitter of an email he received from a member of ITV’s public relations team, reports the Independent.

The email read as: “Real Housewives of Cheshire stars Dawn Ward, Rachel Lugo and Perla will be in Chester later today and I was wondering whether you would be interested in offering a complimentary dinner and drinks in return for social media posts?”

“All the ladies have a large following and would be able to promote the restaurant. They would be looking for a table around 7pm for 5 people. Do let me know if if this would be of interest at all.”

The post, which featured the screenshot of the email alongside a vomiting emoji, received more than 5,000 likes and hundreds of comments from Twitter users calling the cast “scroungers” and “cheapskates.,” reports the publication.

“Absolute state of this, begging letter to a small business so millionaire’s can have a free dinner. Bar the scruffs,” one person tweeted.

Another added: “Wow, I understand social media marketing etc, but these women can CLEARLY afford to pay for their own meals! So, so grabby!”

A third person wrote: “Makes me fume this stuff. What an absolute beg.”

Meanwhile, others praised the restaurant for sharing the email.  “This tweet has actually generated more publicity than any influencer would,” one person wrote.

Another person wrote: “Next time I eat out in Chester I will come to @covinochester based on this post. Bravo.”

A third added: “I’m going to come and eat in your restaurant, pay for my meal and tip the staff because if your response. Brilliant marketing.”

Chis Laidler, the owner of independent wine bar and restaurant Convino accused the reality stars of “abusing their position” to get free food and drink from small independent businesses like his own.

“For the larger businesses, I do understand why they give away free stuff in exchange for promotion but for us, as a small independent business it leaves a bitter taste,” Laidler told Cheshire Live.  “I'm working for peanuts, on my hands and knees scrubbing floors and would have been down around £300 for a few seconds of 'advertising' on Instagram - it's just not on really.”

Photo Credit: ITVBe