It's not every day when you show up to your Airbnb rental and discover it's actually an old shipping container—especially one that's illegally parked on the side of a random road in a bustling city. For one man, that specific nightmare actually became his reality after booking a last-minute trip to Amsterdam on the space-renting platform.
Reported by local Amsterdam news site AT5, British tourist Ben Speller had the surprise of his lifetime when he walked up to the address of his Airbnb. It turned out to be an oddly placed and dirty-looking shipping container—not the nice room he thought it'd be. Immediately after opening the door and looking inside the barren "home"—which he paid $150 to rent for the night—he told the news outlet that he walked away.
After taking photos of the rental, Ben Speller took to the public group The Spurs Show to air out his distress. "So I booked a last-minute Airbnb in Amsterdam," the post read. "Advertised as a clean home with a private bathroom. This is what we found."
Ben revealed in the comments of his post that Airbnb has given him a full refund, even though the original host refused. Listed as "Jacob," the host in particular happened to have another shipping container pad in Amsterdam listed under his name, according to Gizmodo, that authorities are investigating.
“Misrepresented or fraudulent listings have no place on our platform, and our team works hard to constantly strengthen our defenses and stay ahead of bad actors,” an Airbnb spokesperson said to Gizmodo in an email. “Over half a billion people have travelled on Airbnb and, with over 2 million guests checking into an Airbnb every single night, issues like this are incredibly rare.”
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