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One of Lal's students, Juliet Hatley, had to argue and reach out to the teaching platform directly in order to recieve a refund. Then she was "immediately removed and blocked" from the class groups and Instagram account @MasterTribe. Others were told they couldn't even receive a refund because they requested it "outside of the 30-day window," which was false.

Throughout all of this, Lal was lounging at pools and beaches, seemingly unbothered by the complaints of her "tribe."

It was only after Wannabe Influencer's Medium post went viral, months after the complaints started pouring in, that she addressed the situation. Lal blamed the lack of posting on "hurdles with [her] health and WiFi connectivity," although she was able to upload a new YouTube video and post daily Instagram photos at this time.

I woke up to terrible news that some of the students in my Mastertribe course felt disappointed with it. ::::: I was heartbroken because this course was my baby, which I’ve been working on since June. It took me and my team months to create almost 9 hours of video classes. I never held any information back, always being open about everything I know: including sharing my media kit, email examples, Lightroom, Photoshop and camera tutorials etc. ::::: I want to sincerely apologize from the bottom of my heart who anyone who feels like what I shared wasn’t enough. :::::: Due to some hurdles with my health and WiFi connectivity, 4 out of 66 videos didn’t get uploaded as scheduled last week. I did apologize over the weekend to the Mastertribe directly but no excuse can justify me not showing up for those who I care about thre most, my tribe. :::::: I already spoke to each Mastertriber directly and offered to anyone who felt disappointed in the whole situation a full refund (to be processed by this Sunday). :::::: I was honored that so many beautiful people joined the class and it makes me feel truly terrible that I’ve let my tribe down ???? :::: My intention has always been to inspire this community I dearly love and I would never want you to feel taken advantage of. ::::: I am closely talking with each member of the Master Tribe but wanted to let my wider community know what is going on. My goal is to support the next generation of Instagrammers by sharing learnings from my journey so far. ::::: Love always, Aggie ❤️

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"This course was my baby, which I’ve been working on since June,” she wrote. “I want to sincerely apologize from the bottom of my heart to anyone who feels like what I shared wasn’t enough. Due to some hurdles with my health and WiFi connectivity, 4 out of 66 videos didn’t get uploaded as scheduled last week. I did apologize over the weekend to the Mastertribe directly, but no excuse can justify me not showing up for those who I care about the most, my tribe."


Since her apology post, other "tribe" members have spoken out in the comments backing up Wannabe Influencer's accusations. Kristi of @travellovefashion said she and other students reached out to Lal many times with suggestions and questions, "only to receive rude defensive messages from Aggie, or be completely ignored." She added: "This was never about your four missing videos, it was about your unprofessional business practice and money grab."

GO OFF!

Clare of @laviedeclare was an ex-student as well and concurred that the problems started way before the missing videos. "I found the course very disorganized and with seemingly very little preparation," she wrote, adding that she hopes Lal "receives this as a lesson in business and delivering what you promised your customers."

Shockingly, throughout the backlash, Lal managed to up her follower count by the thousands in just a few minutes, leading many to think she's using the money from the failed course to buy followers.

Others are unfollowing her altogether after feeling betrayed.

Meanwhile, the "master class" is still open for enrollment.

But, a word of advice: Be careful what, or WHO, you spend your hard-earned money on.