A food blogger and the owner of a bakery have become embroiled in an online war over a dispute about free macarons.
However the exchange quickly turned sour when Mehreen expected more to compensate for her services.
She wrote on her blog: "It went like this – I got to the bakery and introduced myself with the usual ‘hey I’m Mehreen, I’ve been invited to review’. On this occasion the member of staff wasn’t aware that I’d been invited in, but offered to give me a tea/coffee and a selection box of eight macarons and marshmallows.
"I have a sweet tooth, but I don’t do eight hours of work for an eight piece selection box of macarons and marshmallows. Writing is notoriously badly paid and photography suffers the same, but I value what I produce as worth more than that."
The situation was exasperated when Mehreen suggested that staff gave her a selection of products worth over £100.
Bennett wrote on the Anges De Sucre blog: "It's a lot more than we would deem appropriate to give out for free for review (especially considering how insignificant this particular blog is).
"The blogger seemed shocked that she wasn't getting all of that stuff for free, a real cringe OMG-don't-you-know-who-I-am moment, and told our staff that that regardless of whether she bought anything or not she would be reviewing the shop, further insinuating that if we didn't hand over all that stuff she'd be giving us bad reviews."
Mehreen went on to purchase macarons from the shop, before posting negative comments about them on Twitter and Instagram.
The blogger feud has spurred wide debate on Twitter under the #BloggerBlackmail hashtag.
— Jay Rayner (@jayrayner1) August 17, 2015
But then my view of bloggers who take freebies and claim impartiality is well known.
— Jay Rayner (@jayrayner1) August 17, 2015
If you turned up somewhere and people didn't know who you were, surely you'd leave, not bring out a shopping list? #bloggerblackmail
— Amy London (@youngldnblog) August 17, 2015
... if you're going to work with a brand you need clear working lines all ironed out BEFORE you work together! ##bloggerblackmail
— Victoria India Price (@vipxo) August 17, 2015
Bloggers do get a hard time of it but the correct attitude and communication is key - we're still carving out the rules. #bloggerblackmail
— Maryam Khan (@MazHalima) August 17, 2015
When I heard bloggers get freebies to promote products, I nearly choked on my slim comfortable Tampax. #bloggerblackmail
— Sidney Abbott (@sidneyabbot) August 17, 2015
#bloggerblackmail I'm sorry but what does the blogger expect? If you're reviewing a cafe you will get the service a customer would in order
— Lily Melrose ✌️ (@llymlrs) August 17, 2015
— amie gee (@Fashion_IOR) August 17, 2015
#BloggerBlackmail 'Give us all your macaroons else then rudey nudeys of your cat on a marble background with flower props will be released'
— Hello Terri Lowe (@HelloTerriLowe) August 17, 2015
I feel like all that #bloggerblackmail shows is how quick we are to judge. It's a one sided story so far, but I see a lot of judgment.
— Jessica (@spoiltface) August 17, 2015
I don't agree with EITHER side of the #BloggerBlackMail story- as both parties are in the wrong in one way or another.
— Amy Jane (@heyamyjane) August 17, 2015
Lessons to be learned in both sides. Both blogger and Bakery were unprofessional.Could've been avoided with communication! #bloggerblackmail
— Joelle (@Joelle_o) August 17, 2015
Whatever happened to integrity, morals and writing for the passion of writing. #bloggerblackmail - the minority ruining it for the majority.
— JessicaLouise (@JessycaLouise) August 17, 2015
In my 5 years blogging I have never approached a brand to ask for things to review. Never. #bloggerblackmail
— Jai'me Jan (@jaimelondonboy) August 17, 2015
— Shonette (@Shonette) August 17, 2015
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