Ice Cream Man Takes a Stand: Influencers Pay Double for Their Sweet Treats!

Jaxon Wildwood

Updated Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at 12:00 AM CDT

In the age of social media influencers and their growing influence on consumer behavior, one ice cream man has decided to take matters into his own hands. Tired of influencers expecting freebies in exchange for exposure, this entrepreneurial ice cream vendor has implemented a bold new policy: influencers pay double!

The image that has been circulating on social media captures the essence of this new policy. At the top, we see a caption that reads, "It's literally a $4 item...well now it's $8 for you." This humorous caption is accompanied by three emojis, expressing shock and disbelief at the audacity of influencers.

In the main section of the image, we see a photo of a man with shoulder-length dark hair holding up a sign. The sign features an image of multiple people, presumably influencers, with the text overlay, "INFLUENCERS PAY DOUBLE." The man stands confidently in front of a reflective surface, giving the impression that he is inside an ice cream shop.

But what prompted this ice cream man to implement such a policy? The screenshot of an article headline on the right side of the image provides some insight. The headline from UNILAD reads, "Ice Cream Man Charges Influencers Double Because They Keep Asking For Free Ice Cream..." Unfortunately, the rest of the headline is truncated, leaving us curious to know the full story.

The image has sparked a flurry of reactions from social media users. One user, 'sleepbby,' who appears to be the original poster, simply captions the image with "direct action" and three laughing emojis, suggesting they find the ice cream man's approach amusing. Another user, 'hotvampireadjacent,' calls the ice cream man a "working class hero," commending him for standing up against entitled influencers.

This image has struck a chord with many social media users who are tired of influencers expecting freebies in exchange for exposure. Comments such as "the only thing a social media personality has ever influenced me to do is hate them" and "parasites pay double" highlight the frustration felt by some individuals.

It's no secret that influencers have become a powerful force in the marketing world. However, this ice cream man's decision to charge them double serves as a reminder that not everyone is willing to cater to their demands. Some argue that influencers should pay for their purchases like any other customer, especially when it comes to supporting small businesses and local vendors.

While this image may have a touch of humor to it, it raises important questions about the influencer culture and the expectations they place on businesses. Will this ice cream man's policy inspire others to follow suit? Only time will tell. In the meantime, influencers might want to think twice before expecting a free ride when it comes to their sweet treats.

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Top Comments from Imgur

DogGuyInCatWorld

The only thing a social media personality has every influenced me to do is, is hate them. Which is weird because I normally don't hate anyone.

DirtPoorFarmerSeedingUsersub

fine with it. $4 for us that are buying it as an end consumer product and $8 for b2b users that will be profiting from that product

IceWeaselX

I think it says something that my highest scoring comment on Imgur was my surprise at an influencer who bought and reviewed food with no solicitation for special treatment. The vast majority of influencers (particularly the ones who self-identify as such) are parasites.

IAmTheMightyLeon

Ma'am, this is an Autozone

wazeewa

"Parasites pay double" - There, I fixed it

mieper3

I kinda get more upset though when some company actually does send some influencer free stuff. Like, why should he/she get this stuff for free just because he makes videos and I have to pay full price... He/she sometimes never even heard of the product before while I genuinely like the product...

donsterkay

I'm with the ice cream man on this one. F*** "Influencers".

sarahsaurroar

I don't understand this 'I talk about your company so give me free stuff or I'll give you a bad review' c***. PAY. FOR. YOUR. STUFF! Specially if it's from a little mom and pop store or a street vendor. They've got enough stuff to worry about.

Sulcatasaredope2

Honestly calling them influencers bothers me. They don't influence me to do s***, they're just media personalities call them that. Just cause it's an alternative to traditional media doesn't make it more or less legitimate. I'm tired of making up words for s*** when already serviceable titles exist.

swedeonamoose

"But i have soooo many followers i can reach out to about your place", like the only time i would even consider that would be if said followers all lived close enough to actually show up at the store.

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