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Airbnb just hired former Attorney General Eric Holder

Good news for Airbnb!

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An InstantBook for you! Look to be raked over the coals if you decline inquiries.

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Maybe they should hire someone to fix their buggy website! My response rate shows zero when just this am it was and is 100%. My last guest also had issues trying to book. Ugh!

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I had a strange experience on Airbnb yesterday that was related to this issue. It was such an odd coincidence and even odder that it happened just a short time after the ex attorney general was appointed.

I’m not going to describe the situation here on a public forum but it was so weird that it made me wonder if it was some setup by Airbnb. Then that seemed so unlikely that I then wondered if it was a journalist who set it up - someone who wanted to write about discrimination on Airbnb. (Writing about this subject almost guarantees plenty of website hits.)

P.S. If any established hosts here want to know the story, please PM me for details - I’d love a second opinion!

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I believe there are activists out there testing the system and then going to social media and conventional media with the story. Doubt it’s AIRBNB behind it.

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Thinking about it more, I suspect that you’re right. Hosts beware.

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If hosts aren’t discriminating against protected groups they don’t have anything to be ware of.

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Very true. However what happened to me yesterday seemed almost as though I was being manipulated into a discriminatory situation. I don’t discriminate in any way. Indeed, I couldn’t if I wanted to because I use Instant Book. But I could have done so with yesterday’s situation without realising it.

I know that sounds confusing but I still think hosts should be careful.

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I’m glad that you don’t discriminate and again you don’t need to worry about being tested if you don’t. However, if this board is a sampling of hosts discrimination and profiling are rampant. It is understandable that Airbnb has hired Eric Holder to create an anti discrimination policy. I applaud this move on Airbnb’s part.

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Me too, absolutely. You’ll remember the story of the host who declined a trans-gender woman by saying that she had a teenage son and didn’t want him to be ‘exposed’ to such things? I would have thought that it would be a great opportunity to discuss such issues with the son - an educational opportunity.

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When I read about that woman I tweeted her to say that the host was disgusting and that she is welcome in my house. She tweeted back that I’m “super sweet”, but that she lives in Los Angeles so she doesn’t need an Airbnb here. It is horrible what the host said and even worse that Airbnb didn’t terminate her listing until the guest tweeted about it. The guest did report the discrimination to Airbnb. Yes, it would be a good opportunity to talk with the son if the guest doesn’t mind. This woman is an activist so I think she wouldn’t mind. However, unless the son follows guests in to the bathroom I don’t know how he’d even know.

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Yes, true! I meant that it would be an opportunity for the mother to talk to the son about it. Mind you, I’m a firm believer in kids knowing about the realities of life. My granddaughters are growing up thinking that there’s nothing strange, for example, that their aunt’s partner is another woman.

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No Ellen you could be accidentally trapped you are just toooo nice! Or logical!

I’ve read the blog from Brian Chesky and it seems this is only happening in the USA? He only acknowledges recent events that “have rippled across the country” as if there is only one country that matters. It’s a global company and if they want to get into the quagmire of discrimination they might want to look very close to home. Such ridiculous exclusive language, in my opinion. My cynicism radar is on high alert.

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My radar is always on high alert with Mr. Chesky. I find him unctuous.

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All I know is that if any policy change decreased the bottom line…the company is not going to implement it.

But if it increases their bottom line…all of a sudden they are for fighting discrimination!

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Unctuous? Ouch! He is not the most charismatic speaker, it’s true. But it’s the words that count and they are very lacking in substance, It’s sad that I find myself agreeing with cabinhost that for airbnb this is nothing more than a glorious opportunity to introduce all kinds of mandatory things (like instant book) under the guise of fighting discrimination. If they had been straight up from the beginning, they might have demanded some credence. But they weren’t and they don’t.

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