Believe it or not, there is a guesthouse in the fancy town of Hudson, NY, that will charge you $500 if you hold a function at their place and any of your guests post a negative review of the property on the Internet.
The Union Street Guest House, according to the NY Post, charges couples $500 if any of their guests posts a negative review on any internet site following a stay there.
When I read this, I called the inn immediately for comment. I didn’t receive a call back, nor did the NY Post. However, the Post reported the policy is stated on line, and quotes it. But several hours after reading about this, I went to B&B’s website and looked under “rates & policies” and also read the site’s section detailing rules for events and weddings and saw no mention of this ridiculous policy.
Since I received no answer to a call and email, and I soon learned the inn quickly removed the stipulation saying it was a joke. But that’s not what one guest said when he received a letter from the place demanding a guest retract a negative on-line review or his credit card would be hit for cash.
I’d suggest the inn’s owners remember the first amendment. You don’t like something someone writes? Sue ‘em. It’s the American way.