Influencer's Account Banned After He Throws Tantrum on Live Video When Asked to Pay for Food

Influencer's Account Banned After He Throws Tantrum on Live Video When Asked to Pay for Food

A YouTuber and influencer found his account deleted after he threw a tantrum on a livestream when a restaurant refused to give him free food and he threatened to send them a bill for the "promotion."

The incident happened last week when YouTuber and influencer Borja Escalona, whose account had about 35,000 followers, stopped in at A Tapa do Barril in Vigo, Spain, during a livestream on which he bragged about his ability to get free food due to his followers. 

After eating an empanadilla while live, Escalona prepares to leave, at which point, an employee informs he needs to pay for the food, which costs a little over $2. Escalona, clearly affronted, responds that if he is required to pay for the food that he will have to charge the restaurant for the "promotion" for having appeared on his livestream, to which the employee responds that he can take the issue to her boss. The employee had told him initially that he would not be given free food after he had said he "only eats free things" just a moment before beginning to eat the empanadilla. 

Escalona did eventually pay, but then told the employee that his company would be sending an invoice for 2,500 Euros (about $2,550) for the "promotion." The employee, who became distraught at the thought of losing her job over the incident, said she felt threatened by Escalona, who was also arrested last year after he threw an electric razor at a woman, hitting her in the face.

YouTube confirmed to Gizmodo that it then banned Escalona's entire account. He had been previously banned from the platform in February of 2021, and YouTube's terms of service do not allow ban evasions, which was the basis of this new ban, though the incident likely brought attention to Escalona's new account. 

In the meantime, the restaurant reiterated that it had never negotiated any sort of promotion with Escalona and that it had received significant backlash from his followers as a result of the incident. Admirably, the restaurant stood by the employee involved in the incident. In the meantime, before he was banned from YouTube again, Escalona posted a video apology, saying he had been bullied after the incident and that he was afraid for his and his wife's safety. 

Thankfully, it seems the restaurant and employee have received a wave of support after the incident and will not be majorly affected by the backlash from Escalona's now former followers. 

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Leopold Bloom's picture

What a self-serving a.....e.

Stuart C's picture

Im getting the word.....Cock.

Tony Clark's picture

I was thinking more of cu@t.

Stuart C's picture

that too, most definitely.

Mike Ditz's picture

in the cute Australian way, or the crude American way?

Tony Clark's picture

I had the English pub version in my head...

Benoit .'s picture

They give free meals in jails.

Ausias March's picture

not just that, but he asked to his followers, in a tone of sarcasm: "don't go to social media to leave bad reviews to this restaurant" after repeating clearly its name and location. If you see the restaurant on Google Maps you will see that some of his followers left a 1 star review because of not giving him free food. The restaurant owner announced she's suing him.

Jon Tabor's picture

> Escalona posted a video apology, saying he had been bullied after the incident and that he was afraid for his and his wife's safety.

It's almost as if actions have consequences, and if you're a terrible person people treat you terribly...

winzehnt gates's picture

Threatening to give a bad review on social media to get free stuff is blackmail and should be prosecuted as such.

Ausias March's picture

Moreover, he claimed afterwards that it was all a marketing stunt agreed with the restaurant (which the owner denies). So, he can be sued for defamation as well. The restaurant can have bad PR if being associated to him.

Pedro Pulido's picture

why are you even posting this and giving him a platform ?? these people should be completely ignored. period.

user 65983's picture

Wannabe 'influencer" eating in a crappy fast food place. (I love crappy fast food). Nobody knows who he is and I'm not sure why anyone would want to know who he is.

Tony Clark's picture

Good for the restaurant, this pre-madonna deserves everything that coming his way. The lessons here are to get it in writing before doing the work and be nice to people. We should ban the use go "Influencer", "Curator" and "Social Media Celebrity"immediately. The use of "Curator" should only apply to museums and galleries, right?

Edison Wrzosek's picture

This provides further evidence to reinforce my belief that, the human race is fucked.

Stuart C's picture

Im just watching the evening news here in the UK, an 87 year old man on a motability scooter has been stabbed in the street for no reason... I can confirm your comment as true.

David Pavlich's picture

I would narrow it down to Western Civilization. We're taking all the right steps that lead off the proverbial cliff.

Roger Cozine's picture

You just can't take guys like this seriously. I'm glad YouTube took action but I wish they hadn't banned the guy. I really want to see him whine more about the situation. I'm sure he (and anyone who supported him) probably would have gotten destroyed in the comments. Negative exposure is even worse than no exposure.

user 65983's picture

Yeah I would love to see some more public interactions between him and others on SM.

Harry lener's picture

Inferiority Eat the Man Alive!!