INFLUENCERS are known to score hoards of freebies in exchange for a "shout out" on their huge online platforms.

But this tactic recently backfired for one blogger who tried to nab a free takeaway meal, but ended up at the police station instead.

Four Legs – a pop-up restaurant operating at pub The Compton Arms in Islington is being praised for its extremely savage response to the blogger who reached out to ask for free food.

Not only did the unnamed influencer request a meal for themselves in exchange for a plug on Instagram, but they asked for an extra four meals for their "bubble" too.

The influencer reached out to the restaurant via DMs and said they'd post to their Instagram and even pop in for a meal once the venue reopens.

The restaurant appeared to go along with the request at first, agreeing to offer the food for free.

But in a hilarious twist, the venue directed the influencer to the police station instead, telling them to "report yourself for crimes against the hospitality industry."

Four Legs posted the whole exchange on its own Instagram pageexposing the "cheeky" attempt to its 18k followers.

The caption read: "Been reading a lot about the peasant’s revolt recently. Inspiring stuff," and included five screen shots detailing the entire conversation

The influencer wrote: "I am reaching out to ask if it would be possible to have a takeaway and in exchange for this I'll be happy to advertise you via my Instagram stories alongside a swipe up link if you have a website to direct my followers to your website in the hope of it leading to an order."

Then they asked if they could order food for their bubble alongside them – making a total of five meals.

Appearing to go along with it, Four Legs replied: "That's quite a lot of food, if you could do a couple of posts then we can do it – you've got a lot of followers."

They instructed the anonymous blogger to head over for half six to pick it up, adding: "Thanks very much man, it's really appreciated."

Clearly lost, the influencer wrote back: "Walked past NHS. I see 2 police vans. Past Sainsbury's."

And Four Legs replied: "Yeah it's that end, head up there, let me know when you see the police station"

But upon arriving at the final destination they no doubt realised the error of their ways as the restaurant shot back: "Magic – go in there and report yourself for crimes against the hospitality industry."

Needless to say, the post proved pretty popular on the restaurant's page, within fans of the venue expressing their amusement.

One commenter joked: "Ironically, telling this egg where to go has actually got you guys more exposure than feeding a whole gang of lame influencers for free could ever get you!"

And a second wrote: "This is so cheeky. I love it."

While a third added: "I wanna know what he said to his bubble when he got back."

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