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Madeleine

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If someone famous stays with you and gives you a gift is it ok to post it on FB and tag them in the picture of the item? Or is that just tacky? Or an invasion of their privacy? I didn't think to ask at the time, 'Hey, can I post this on FB with your name and say you stayed here?'
Really I don't usually post about famous people staying here, I might just mention it to some of our repeats because they like that sort of 'close encounter' story. Or, display a photo or signed item they gave to us. So I'm not sure what the protocol is.
Does it make a difference if I post about the 'character' staying here rather than the actor? (I know how strange that sounds.)
 

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Personally, I'd keep mum if I hadn't asked permission.
Is it possible for you to make contact and ask?
 

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If it were me, I would be happy and silent unless you can get permission. I would think that the celeb stayed for peace and quiet and may not come back if they think their privacy might be invaded.
 

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Quiet and discreet unless they agree and provide permission. Everyone has a right to privacy. And that discretion may earn you more famous guests.
 

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One of the inns on the PAII forum hosted Carol Chan nin g and with permission put that on her website, and I know she was happy she did it.
As for me, I've had a couple of guys from NPR who would probably qualify as celebs, but I don't mention it anywhere. I guess it depends on lots of factors, but I wouldn't rule it out. My French Garfield guys actually put that they stayed at my B&B on their website!
 

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The only person we have ever had who I would class as famous was a comic stay with us and all I knew was they were working at the theater - I didn't recognise him as he is new and thought they were part of the crew!!! Think I would ask before posting as technically in the UK you arn't allowed to divulge who has stayed except to the police here.
 

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Unless given permission, I would not mention it anywhere. Celebs ae entitled to some privacy as well.
 

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100% get permission, or you can only email ME AND TELL ME!

75% are happy to have you share they stayed, and in fact would be delighted, in my estimation.
Taking a photo when they are not looking might be bad PR, having them pose with you - go for it. Of course we are embarrassed to ask that, but later on would kick ourselves if we didn't. At least for our own innkeeping memory books.
 

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On the other comment mentioning it to other guests - after the fact, at times I will mention "You know so and so stayed in your room last year" this always is a hit! They want to know all about it. (This, after given permission to tell people). But I only tell them if i like them. It is one of the bennies of owning an inn, having famous or well knowns stay with you, and if I like THEM then that is a boon!
"George Washington Slept Here"
I remember an innkeeper on this forum sharing a famous person who was arrested as a pedophile staying there. I think I have the story correct. They were famous in their field, and now have a diff rep. So as we know, we do what we do. Using common sense, of course.
 

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My "well-knowns" are well known only in their own fields.
 

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Most of the 'well-knowns' who stayed with us were only important to in their own minds
 
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