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New York hotel charges guests $500 for leaving bad online review

By Mason White 5:43 PM August 5, 2014
Union Street Guest House 

By: Anika Rao
(Scroll down for video) Guests of a New York hotel are angry after the guest house vowed to issue a $500 fine for leaving a bad review online.

The hotel called Union Street Guest House, located in Hudson, faced a storm of criticism on Monday, after it was revealed that the hotel charges invited guests to wedding parties $500 for negative Yelp reviews.

“Please know that despite the fact that engaged couples love Hudson and our inn, some friends and families do not,” reads the policy.

“If you have booked the inn for a wedding or other event, and have given us a deposit of any kind, you will be fined $500 to be deducted from your deposit for each negative review written on the Internet,” the policy states.

The policy received hundreds of negative comments all over the Internet.

Hotel owner Chris Wagoner, responded to the outrage, saying that the policy was meant as a joke.

“The policy of fines was put in place in response to a wedding many years ago. It was supposed to be taken down a long time ago, and certainly was never enforced,” he said.

His explanation may be too late. As of Monday afternoon, the hotel has an average of one-star rating with 704 reviews.