Alleged Airbnb Renter Claims Rental Was Littered With Hidden Cameras in ‘Creepy’ Video

Alleged Airbnb Renter Claims Rental Was Littered With Hidden Cameras in ‘Creepy’ Video

Companies like Airbnb are a popular (and at times, more affordable) option for travelers hoping to get a more authentic experience when traveling. However, individual still rent out the majority of listings so the company has not been spared negative reviews about safety or sanitation.

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On Sunday, a Twitter user claimed they discovered hidden cameras throughout a property they were renting for a girl’s trip.

In a series of tweets, Twitter user @foxytaughtyou claimed that an Airbnb she allegedly rented in Philadelphia had over 10 cameras spread throughout the house, including in shower heads and some even disguised as sprinkler systems.

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“We noticed these ‘sprinklers’ CAMERAS were placed in spots to get a perfect view of people,” she wrote. “I was naked and had no choice but to change in this room. “

The user also alleged that the Airbnb was listed under a business name and that she never met nor spoke to the actual owner, claiming phone calls went unanswered and all communication was through messages on the app.

We noticed that these “sprinklers”, CAMERAS, were placed in places to give us a great view of people. Luckily it was a girls trip so I wasn’t having intercourse… but I was naked and had to change in this room— (@foxytaughtyou) June 12, 2022

She stated that she had spoken to police and that Airbnb had simply moved her group to another listing.

“We reported this to [Airbnb] and to the police station Friday noon and still have not had a[n] update on this case,” she wrote on Twitter. “We don’t know what footage the owner has or what he is doing. “

The renter also included a video that showed the alleged cameras around the house, including the first one she said she noticed on the ceiling after she and her friends fell asleep on the couch after a night out.

Airbnb confirmed that the Twitter user is an Airbnb customer. This action was taken to help her and to reprimand the Airbnb host she rented from.

“Our policies strictly prohibit hidden cameras and we take forceful action in the exceptionally rare circumstances where this has been reported, including assisting law enforcement to help them hold criminals accountable,” an Airbnb spokesperson told Entrepreneur. “In this instance, our Safety team suspended the Host and removed the listing from our platform while they investigate this report. We offer support to our guest and a full refund. More information on our security camera policy — including the ban on hidden cameras as well as bans on recording devices in bedrooms, bathrooms or sleeping areas — can be found here. “

Combined, @foxytaughtyou’s series of Tweets have received over 161,460 likes and tens of thousands of comments from other Twitter users who were equally as confused as they were disturbed.

” This is so creepy,” one user wrote next a scared face Emoji.

” Having cameras in bedrooms and bathrooms is creepy and weird,” another person lamented.

Airbnb’s customer support account, @AirbnbHelp reached out to the renter through Twitter to follow up on her viral thread.

“We’d like to reiterate our willingness to help,” the company said. Please send us your email address linked with your Airbnb account via DM to allow our team to follow up. We are grateful. “

Airbnb’s policy, per the company’s website, strictly states that cameras are not permitted in bedrooms or bathrooms.

“Devices shouldn’t monitor private spaces (ex. bedrooms, bathrooms or common areas being used as sleeping areas like a living area with a sofa bed),” according to the company policy. “Disconnected devices can be used as long as they are turned off, and proactively disclosed to guests. “

The company also requires hosts to disclose whether or not there are security cameras in any outdoor areas or common spaces and that it must always be disclosed if any active recording is taking place.

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