Forget Torohost’s response, how is no one complaining that a fine has been imposed on this host? That is INSANE! Wait, I re-read article and it’s California. That explains a lot; but I would still fight any fee imposed for expressing free speech. I would be interested in the legality of such a fine and how it doesn’t violate the 1st amendment. Yes, FREE SPEECH. Free speech allows us to show the world what an idiot we are and we shouldn’t be fined for it. There are different forms of repercussions such as public shaming, loss of revenue, etc., but fines shouldn’t be one of them.
DO NOT, do not misunderstand me – this has nothing to do with her racist comment. She sounds like an idiot. She should have just denied the booking if she doesn’t like Asian people - it’s against Airbnb rules, but pretty hard to prove. The fact she waited until the last minute to cancel just proves she’s nasty on top of being racist. But the $5,000 fine? How about she’s banned from ever hosting again and call it a day? When we begin to legislate and deem what is appropriate language and what is not, we embark on a very slippery slope.