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SPY ALERT! People Keep Finding Cameras In Their Airbnbs Reader 12/07/2017 (Thu) 01:52:44 Id: 703cc8 [Preview] No. 4158
In "oh, that's a thing now" news, a colleague of mine thought it odd that there was a single "motion detector" in his AirBNB in the bedroom and voila, it's an IP camera connected to the web. (He left at 3am, reported, host is suspended, colleague got refund.) pic.twitter.com/6KgkDmEZXB

— Jason Scott (@textfiles) November 28, 2017

Airbnb has a scary problem on their hands: People keep finding hidden cameras in their rental homes.

Another host was busted last month trying to film guests without their knowledge — marking the second time since October that the company has had to publicly deal with this sort of incident.

Officials have been forced to ban account users in the past for deploying secret cams around their houses, including residents in Florida and California.

An unidentified American archivist became the most recent victim — with his co-worker, Jason Scott, tweeting out a picture on Nov. 27 of a hidden device that he found while staying in an undisclosed Airbnb.

“In ‘oh, that’s a thing now’ news, a colleague of mine thought it odd that there was a single ‘motion detector’ in his AirBNB in the bedroom and voila, it’s an IP camera connected to the web,” Scott tweeted. “(He left at 3am, reported, host is suspended, colleague got refund.)”

The post has racked up more than 23,000 retweets and been liked over 30,000 times.

In response, Airbnb released a statement saying they had “permanently banned” the homeowner and “supported our guests with a full refund and reimbursement for expenses incurred.”

In October, a couple from Indiana found a hidden camera in the master bedroom of the Florida Airbnb they were staying in. It had been disguised as a smoke detector.

In 2015, a German woman sued the company for negligence after she discovered a secret cam inside a California residence.

“I would love to see Airbnb take this seriously, but not if it means bringing that stress back into our lives,” said one renter, who spoke to BuzzFeed on the condition of anonymity.

The individual was one of two people who spoke to the website about their experience with finding hidden cameras inside their rental homes.

The other renter — a woman named Erin — said her host chose to report her for damages after she unplugged a device she found inside a Houston Airbnb.

“They just treated it like I was trying to get out of paying,” she said in reference to the company’s handling of the situation. “I was like, ‘Hello, he is saying he did what I was saying he did,’ and the customer service rep told me that I should ‘respond professionally.'”

After complaining on Twitter, Erin said Airbnb finally started cooperating and eventually launched an internal review of the incident — which resulted in a full refund.


Reader 12/07/2017 (Thu) 01:56:58 Id: 703cc8 [Preview] No.4159 del
This is why I don't allow any modern electronics into my house, and anything that is purchased I make sure there are no cameras or mics embedded into them.

Sick of all this "smart" crap. If I ever found something like this in my home I'd rip it out the dry wall so fast it would make the snoop's eyes spin in circles.

Reader 12/07/2017 (Thu) 03:04:11 Id: cef532 [Preview] No.4160 del
This is why I find the Uber, Airbnb, and Kickstarter businesses to be bullshit. Realistically they can't control this shit but they have to be held accountable because they are providing the service. Usually this is handled by some sort of screening process but since this is a "casually sign up" sort of thing it defeats the whole purpose. So the logical thing is to have a "buyer beware" policy. But then the problem becomes people use the service and then act indignant when something bad happens. Then they demand reparations from the fool who actually trusted them to make responsible decisions. Which leads to them having to be accountable anyway and defeats the whole purpose of a "buyer beware" policy. It's a catch 22 and for some reason I feel like the asshole even when I don't use the blessed things.

No, these are planted by the home owners. I assume most of these people put them in to make sure people don't fuck their shit up. That or spanking material.

Reader 12/07/2017 (Thu) 11:12:37 Id: 56621b [Preview] No.4169 del
I think not wanting your shit stolen/vandalized by hipsters is reasonable. However, having cameras in bathrooms and bedrooms is probably not the best way to do it.

Reader 12/07/2017 (Thu) 13:04:16 Id: 30dd2a [Preview] No.4170 del
Simple solution. Black electrical tape. There. Nothing damaged. No one gets hurt. No one feels uncomfortable.

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