Thousands of people use Airbnb each year. They either stay in someone else's home while traveling, using the rental site; or list their own homes on the database in order to make a few bucks. Comedian Ari Teman did just that. Over the weekend, Teman rented out his NYC apartment to whom he thought was a guy whose brother and sister-in-law were in town for a wedding.
But when he came home to pick up a few things, that was so not who was in his place.
Teman arrived in his Chelsea apartment to allegedly find a "XXX Freak Fest" going on -- otherwise known as an orgy. He claims that his apartment has about $87,076 in damages; his furniture was disassembled or moved for maximum space; his address was posted online; and he's been evicted by his landlord. Teman also says that "it appears some stuffed animals were abused."
Teman contacted Airbnb via Twitter, to which they responded, "We're really sorry to hear that. We're working on it and will be back to you soon." Teman then responded to them with, "@Airbnb take your time. It's only a disgusting, illegal, dangerous sex ring you put into my home with my address and keys. Brian, call me." According to Gawker, within 24 hours, Airbnb sent over a locksmith to change the locks; put Teman up in a hotel for a week; and wired him $23,817. But the cost of having your privacy forever violated? Priceless.
I think many people who once used Airbnb, or similar travel sites, will now certainly think twice before renting their apartment or home on it. Of course, there are millions of people who have had great experiences with the site, but it's going to be a while before anyone can get the XXX Freak Fest/"Panty Raid" out of their heads.
And poor Ari. How will he ever trust a house guest again?
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