An Aussie influencer sparked a social media firestorm after demanding a refund from a small business. Now the company has hit back with a surprising offer.

Aussie influencer Jade Tuncdoruk copped flak after she “demanded” a small business give her a refund on a deposit for her honeymoon stay.

But in a twist, the premium holiday rental company, Weekenda, has responded to the Instagrammer with a surprising new offer.

Jade, who boasts almost half a million Instagram followers, took to the social media platform this week to explain she put down a $2000 deposit for a holiday with her fiance Lachie Brycki, but the couple couldn’t attend.

In the now deleted post, Jade told her followers the couple requested a refund from Weekenda, “but they said the best they could do was put it back up online to be booked by someone else”.

“Six weeks out of the booking and we’ve asked again for a refund which they’ve denied,” Jade’s post read.

“They’ve had months to refund us for a booking we don’t need.”

The influencer went on to say “they’re taking our money just because they can”.

She described it as “incredibly poor form and so disappointing”, adding that businesses were “taking advantage of people in the middle of a pandemic”.

After she included a link to the small business’s Instagram page, some of her followers lashed out at the company, with Jade then sharing another post announcing that Weekenda had agreed to refund her deposit.

Now, Weekenda has addressed the social media storm with a post of its own.

The company’s owners said they “have really struggled through 2021 and not paid ourselves at all between July 1 and December 1”.

They explained the business had “weathered the Covid lockdowns” and “are determined to come out of this stronger than ever”.

They will be gifting the “Weekenda” Jade would have booked at Meerea Park Estate to one of their followers.

“If it’s good enough for Jade, think how awesome this prize will be for you and 7 besties,” the business posted to Instagram.

“In all seriousness, we take our guests enjoyment – whether they’re an influencer or not – really seriously.

“All guests are provided with fair Terms and Conditions prior to confirming bookings and it’s a shame in this instance Jade felt it was more important to try to bypass the rules all of our other guests (and she) had agreed to, by using her social influence to put pressure on us.

“We believe in the power of influencers, but using a following for personal gain at the loss and detriment to another small business, just isn’t cool.”

“They’ve agreed to refund us for our stay! Thank you guys for your help,” Jade said alongside a love heart emoji.

However, the 26-year-old’s actions have since been slammed after her post was re-shared by Instagram influencer watchdog account Celeb Spellcheck, which criticised her for ignoring the terms and conditions of her booking.

“Congratulations on not reading the terms and conditions,” one comment read.

“We’re almost two years into the pandemic, 99 per cent of us have had travel plans f***ed by Covid. It sounds like it was her call to cancel, not due to lockdowns or government restrictions out of her control.

“If a small business was willing to list the accommodation and refund me if it got booked, I’d say THANK YOU!”

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