January 31, 2018

Airing Hypocrisy: AirBnB, the website that matches up travelers with people who want to rent out rooms in their homes, is doing some expensive virtue-signaling by running a TV ad during President Trump’s State of the Union Address. It hails the enchanting enticements of the countries that known fabulist Dick Durban claims Trump insulted with his call for stricter immigration vetting and controls (interestingly, some of these countries are already the subject of travel warnings from both our own government and theirs). The idea is reportedly that we need open doors, not walls, which frankly doesn’t sound like a B&B I’d want to stay in.

As a chaser, here’s a link to the AirBnB web page that reassures renters that they’re not letting criminals into their homes. The headline: “Sharing your space…with someone you’ve never met can feel like a leap of faith.” No kidding? But don’t worry, they detail all the strict vetting would-be guests have to go through before they’re allowed through the door.

I am LITERALLY trembling with outrage!


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  • Mr. Fisher

    02/04/2018 06:13 PM

    I agree that if you pay upwards of $2,000 for a home you will probably get a clean bathroom. Heck, I would pay a cleaning service $200. to get that $2,000. in my pocket.
    But did you check for hidden cameras in the bedrooms?
    Did the owner have a locksmith come by and change the locks in your presence?

  • Rachel Liddell

    02/04/2018 05:10 PM

    I think the point of the article is to point out the irony that AirBnB assures its home owners that the renters are fully vetted and pass a strict security check for renters, and at the same time they (AirBnB) insist that the American border be an open door.

  • Tim Moore

    02/04/2018 01:14 AM

    AIRBNB was not my first choice but it will be next time. The house we rented in Crescent City CA was all we expected and more. We will definitely use their service again,

  • Ann Bruce de Pineda

    02/03/2018 01:47 PM

    I agree with you on almost everything but this is an exception. Like all lodging, Airbnb's proposals may not be perfect. We have used their services however and find their option much better than hotels or motels. Our daughter's family rented a lovely two bedroom two bath apt in CA close to Los Angeles [email protected]$1600 a month. It had everything: washer & dryer, dish washer, stove, refrigerator, towels, sheets, clean bedspreads, dishes, tableware, a tv with cable that worked, a/c, swimming pool with a fence around it and warning that no little children could be there alone, etc. I could go on and on. There were from five to seven people there at all times. Airbnb is helping someone I know with the rental of a small apartment we call the executive suite. It also has everything anybody could need and is close to the place where Trump supporters rallied in the Bay Area. I was one of the first to try it out. It's free when they need it for family but Airbnb has helped them make a lot of extra money for a young mom who wants to be around when her boys get home from school. I don't see the problem. I was cheated by Expedia and La Quinta Inn. I was told I could cancel with a full refund even 24 hrs before planned arrival. I cancelled a month in advance but didn't get my money back. Two people who work in call centers say that's the norm with Expedia. Most credit card contracts are so complicated you need a lawyer to wade through them. Compare any one of them to what you have to sign for Airbnb. I don't mean to be argumentative; I just think you should try Airbnb before giving it such a harsh critique. I won't get my feelings hurt if you don't want to post this. It's just for you.

  • Cindy Duncan

    01/31/2018 07:34 AM

    Airbnb is not trust worthy. I recently tried the service. Found the "home" to be nothing more than a basement. Requested a refund, their site says it provided a refund, but I have not seen one penny. Don't trust airbnb!