Okay so just feel the need to relay me experience involving an unfortunate experience involving a sleazy individual and the apparent lack of support I received after it.
A fellow was booked in for one night at my place 2 weeks ago. He was here for a sports event and he seemed nice enough. His check in came and passed without incident.
At 9:30am the next morning he came back to the house completely drunk (he told me he was) and proceeded to make unwanted advances toward me, ( asking me where I am from, telling me I am good looking, invading my personal space, forcing me to back away into the bathroom and lock the door. Then he shouts “ I’ll just be upstairs if you want to come up!”).
Shortly after this I receive a message from him telling me how sorry he is and what an idiot he feels. I reply saying, “ it’s okay, let me know if you would like me to call you a taxi “ (his reservation ends in less than 2 hours).
Then he comes downstairs, opens my bedroom door, and tried to speak to me again. I say it’s okay, and close the door, locking it. At this point I begin to worry he isn’t leaving any time soon. I call Airbnb and explain the situation but go about with my chores, on the hope he will leave at the 11 check out.
At 12 midday I realise he has gone back to bed and have to shout through the door reminding him to leave. He says okay, but no movement. This happens 2 more times at this point I am very distressed and intimidated. At last he leaves at 12:45. On departure he invaded my personal space again, attempting to engage me in further dialogue - talking about how he is trying to give up drinking and this is the reason why - as he cannot control himself.
I again contact air - expressing my concern about this and that the only way to resolve this is to remove this individual from the platform - preventing putting other members of the community at risk.
It then takes over 1 week for the ‘trust and safety’ rep to follow up. She assures me it’s being ‘dealt with’ but the guys account remains active.
It is now at the point were I am on the last day were it’s possible to leave a review.
If this guy is going to remain a member then I certainly feel it’s necessary to warn others.
I again try to speak to air about this who seem to offer little support, sadly :(.
Here is the review I am thinking of posting :
“XX stayed at my place 1 night. Although he was pleasant at check-in, he came home quite drunk at 9am the next morning and exhibited sleazy behaviour toward me. He then went on to check-out almost 2 hours late. Needless to say, this all left me feeling very uncomfortable (especially since we were the only ones home at the time). In my many years of hosting thousands of guests from hundreds of countries, this is the first time I have felt intimidated in my own house. Leaving a review like this is not a decision I take lightly but after this experience I can only conclude that XX is really not suited to the home-share community.”