Airbnb = A Way to Get People Killed

aribnbAirbnb is a new travel start-up with a ridiculously stupid idea. An idea that is going to get people hurt. You can open up your home to absolute strangers visiting from out of town:

Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world — online or from a mobile phone. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 33,000 cities and 192 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.

Do they actually screen the visitors? A complete background check? This will not end well.

8 thoughts on “Airbnb = A Way to Get People Killed

    • I would not want to be working there when something goes wrong. You have no protection at your house if you are of a certain ilk!

  1. I agree with you Navy One, I see so many potential bad endings for people using this service. It seems rather naive too…

  2. What? Haven’t heard of ‘The Holiday’ with Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet, Jack Black and Jude Law…sounds like it came from out of the movie…results of course will be mixed…but any liberal idea acted upon usually ends up in disaster….k

  3. I know someone who was part of a “club” where the members could travel exchange homes. That may not be for me, but I have thought about listing my house in a bicycle magazine as a possible stop over for those cross-country riders.

  4. I know several people who’ve used this service, from both sides of the equation, and none of them ever had any issues at all. And it’s MUCH cheaper than a hotel, and much more convenient.

  5. It has been happening over here in the UK for well over twelve years to my knowledge with some success. I believe the firm that originated the idea carried out a form of security back ground check, which initially fitted families up like -for-like in the same type of environment and sized homes; even leaving their own vehicles to be used.

    The concept appeared to have worked, and for those who participated it provided a very good holiday as each family involved left notes on where to go and what to do etc. They even left contact details of their close friends who were on hand to give advice and even socialise through BBQ’s.

    I suppose it’s not every ones ‘bag’ but each to their own.

    Yours Aye.

  6. Kris: I’ve never even heard of this movie!
    Lou: Cyclists at your ranch? Good idea?
    Christina: Call me close-minded, but I would neither use this service, nor allow others to use my home. Would you open your house and loved ones to absolute strangers? (It seems risky to me. Perhaps I am looking at it wrong.)
    EB: I guess I am in the “each to their own” category!

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