Hotels

Airbnb host flabbergasted when 25 guests showed up instead of 4

A Christian bible study group has become a surprising nuisance for an Airbnb host recently after they showed up to a house with 25 people instead of four.

Yes, really. 25 people showed up to a three-bedroom house and planned to stay the night.

Luckily, it’s all been live-tweeted for your reading pleasure.

The owner of the property, Ben Newman, had a CCTV camera on the property, and was able to see more than the four people who had booked to stay showing up to the house.

His girlfriend, Mary Numair, starting live-tweeting the incident – and it went viral.

“OMG you guys. My boyfriend has been renting his house on Airbnb and has a group of 4 people this weekend. Except 25 people showed up. Twenty f***ing five,” she wrote.

“When they showed up, his nest camera alerted they were there. He checked and holy sh*t just a sea of people.

“So he calls the guy and is like ‘hey man, not to be rude but that looks like a lot more than four. My house can’t accommodate large events.’ The guy is like “oh gosh, I’m so sorry. We’re doing a quick bible study and then they’re leaving.”

Newman apparently “begrudgingly” let the group to continue their bible study before leaving – but the CCTV footage showed that more and more people were showing up.

He eventually decided to call Airbnb, who questioned whether the property could accommodate them before telling the couple that the bible study group said they had a verbal agreement that over 25 people could stay, in addition to the four booked in.

“So! @airbnb calls back the guy, calls my boyfriend back and says ‘the guy says you had a verbal agreement to let 25 or so people stay.’ What the f**k. It’s a 3 bedroom house. No. F**k no,” Numair wrote.

But once Airbnb called the guests back to tell them they had to leave, they refused.

The couple eventually drove down to the property to make sure that the group left – but when they got there, only a few of the 25 had gone.

“Oh by the way, they had a few people sneak out the back but there’s a lot of people still here. He wasn’t aware that we were coming so that’s why he lied about that,”  Numair wrote.

The bible study group had also stolen expensive shampoo and conditioner from the bathroom, totalling over $50 in value.

However, after the guests had eventually left, Airbnb sent her $US75 ($AU101) for the missing toiletries, plus $AU842 for the reservation fee that they would have missed out on because the group left early.

We still think that’s the last time they’ll be Airbnb’ing their house out though.

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