If you've got some spare rooms in your house or extra property, you could traditionally rent it out. But then there's the problem of screening tenants. And finding someone long-term to have a business relationships with is an annoying and oftentimes scary endeavor.
And then Airbnb came along, which helped people with property have access to an entirely new income stream, especially if you live next to a poppin' area. You could make some serious coin if you price your place right and are a good host.
The first time I used the service, I have to say I was a little scared. I didn't know what my host was going to be like and if I really felt comfortable living in a room in someone else's home. But it ended up being super friggin' awesome. My host knew all of the best spots to visit in Miami (away from the tourist traps) and he helped make my vacation there with my wife an unforgettable experience.
But on the flip side of that coin, a bad host could absolutely ruin your vacation. Like this racist woman who cancelled a guest's stay simply because she was Asian.
23-year-old American Law student Dyne Suh was shaken after being told her booking was cancelled because she was Asian. The host went on to say, "This is why we have Trump."
The dispute first started when Suh asked her host a month ago if she could bring two more friends.
"The four of us made a reservation on Airbnb about a month ago and I asked the [host] if two more friends would be ok."
"She said that's fine, we just have to pay more money."
"I asked the woman again, is it OK if my two friends come, like should we give you cash?. She says 'Absolutely not...you must be high if you think that that would be ok in the busiest weekend in Big Bear' and she cancelled the trip."
Suh posted her conversation with the host online and made good on her promise to forward it to Airbnb.
An Airbnb spokesperson has told NBC4 that the host was removed from the platform and will no longer be allowed to rent her home out using the app.
For anyone who knows anything about Airbnb, it's that the company has a pretty good track record when it comes to standing up for people.
The company recently made headlines when they announced they would cover the room costs for refugees displaced by war and when people started complaining why they wouldn't help veterans, they provided housing for homeless vets too. Airbnb's really big into charity, with the companies co-founders donating half of their earnings to the less fortunate.
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