In August, the New York Post reported that the Union Street Guest House in Hudson, New York, hotel stated in its policy that guests who booked the hotel for weddings or other large events would need to pay a $500 fee for every negative review their guests posted to review sites like Yelp. The hotel tried to claim that it was a joke, but one former guest claimed the hotel still tried to collect a $500 payment in exchange for a negative review.
Despite the negative publicity, some hotels still haven't learned, with recent reports claiming an English hotel charged a guest about $156 for a negative review, almost three times more than they paid for their room.
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