The three bloggers who folks first felt sympathy for but later raged upon in the curious case of Jimbaran Sea View Villa have issued another meatier explanation on their side of the story.
The self-proclaimed influencer trio — Jayne Tham, Tricia Ong, Lian Meiting — had first published their beef with the villa on each of their Facebook page, claiming that $1,000 in cash in various currencies were stolen from their room, and received no help whatsoever from the management. The understandably frustrated bloggers than warned all their followers not to stay there, because you know, blatant theft and everything.
Jimbaran Sea View Villa manager Arie Wartini however didn’t take their criticisms lying down. She uploaded text messages sent by some of the bloggers in subject — all of which were clearly pretty threatening, making blustering claims that they’ll write about the experience on their various social media platforms so that “NO ONE WILL EVER COME VISIT YOUR VILLA”. Hmm.
Of course, their questionable story attracted the full force of condemnation by the internet. And wow, people really hate bloggers, man.
Now that everyone seems to be pouring out their utter hatred on them (and haughty bloggers in general), Tricia Ong published a full narration of their experience on her Facebook page, explaining why they did all the things they did — even if they did seem kinda malicious during the heat of their troubles.
“On hindsight looking back, perhaps reacting in such a manner wasnt right. My friends and family who know me know deep down that I do not advocate threats. As such, you can imagine our fear and our anger.”
Ehh, let them sort out the kerfuffle by themselves. Blackmailing ‘influencers’ are still shitty in our books though, but so are unscrupulous resort managers.
Photo: Jayne Tham; Tricia Ong; Lian Meiting Facebook page