While I would have NEVER responded to a request the way this host did, sometimes, one day notice IS too soon for me.
I have a FT job, and a part time direct sales biz, there have been times I have had situations pop up in either one of those jobs that would prevent me from getting the guest space ready, and I may have neglected to block the date off.
It’s happened to me quite a few times. But I’ve always worded my declines with more eloquence, and based on what information they included in their initial request, I will give advice on things to do/places to eat in the area.
I always apologize and let them know I regret not being able to have them stay, and advise them to look for lodging on ABB. edited to add: I always use the decline button to make it clear. But again, I go above and beyond to be polite.
In fact, I had one guest who contacted me during their stay nearby, thanking me for the advice on things to do, as the host they were staying was a remote host and had no information available. They stayed with me the next summer