“I’m going to have a sleepover with your parents”: Airbnb host called out
Renter paid $1K for nonexistent listing
An Airbnb scammer knew his victim meant business when she referenced his parents’ address in a scathing message.
TikTok user Olivia (@livvoogus) went viral recently after posting about her ordeal at a Jacksonville Airbnb, the Daily Dot reported. The alleged incident took place in the Florida city around New Year’s Eve.
On her personal account, Olivia explained that she booked the Airbnb several months earlier, planning to attend a musical festival in the area around the holiday. The owner of the Airbnb was a “superhost,” according to Olivia, meaning they should have been very trustworthy.
Prior to Olivia’s arrival, however, she said the host sent multiple door codes and then stopped responding to her messages. Neither of the codes worked, sending Olivia and her friends into a tizzy before a neighbor filled them in.
The neighbor said another customer tried (and failed) to get into the Airbnb the previous day. Olivia learned “the person who had lived there got evicted because, according to the lease, you’re not allowed to do Airbnbs out of the apartment, and he just never took the listing down.”
Olivia was not going to go down quietly, though. Using the name on the home’s WiFi connection, Olivia was able to quickly learn the name of the host, when he was born, and perhaps most critically, where his parents live.
“You don’t have an Airbnb, because you got evicted, and you’re either going to send us the $1000 back, or I’m going to have a sleepover with your parents,” she said in the viral video, leaving a message for the host, one “Mr. Tyler.”
Unsurprisingly, that quickly got Tyler’s attention. A twist came moments later, however, when Tyler’s girlfriend allegedly texted Olivia, accusing her of threatening Tyler.
“Babes ur bf got evicted and is scamming people out of airbnb’s leaving them with nowhere to stay,” Olivia responded. “u have bigger things to worry about.”
Olivia and her friends consigned themselves to sleeping on the floor of a friend’s Airbnb, but ultimately didn’t need to, she said, as Airbnb found the crew a hotel room and paid for a percentage of it.
It also provided her with a refund.
— Holden Walter-Warner
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