Southern Californians head up to their nearest snowy mountain at Big Bear, to go skiing, snowboarding, and enjoy time with their loved ones. It was a planned Presidents Day weekend to go to Big Bear, where a law student, Dyne Suh, was headed to an Airbnb that she reserved a month ago with her fiancé, friends, and dog. While travelling on the road with multiple flash flood warnings, the Airbnb host cancels on them while they were a couple of minutes away.
The reason for the cancellation was due to race, evident in the text messages between Suh and the Airbnb host. The Airbnb host messaged Suh “… I wouldn’t rent to [Suh] if [Suh] were the last person on earth”. Right after the host had sent that message, she explained “one word says it all. Asian”. Suh explains that she will report this incident to Airbnb, but the host is adamant, replying “it’s why we have trump” and “… I will not allow this country to be told what to do by foreigners”. Suh has been living in the United States for 23 years and is studying in law school.
Airbnb responds to this situation and behavior of the host as “abhorrent and unacceptable”. Christopher Nulty, a spokesman for the short-term rental site states that “we have worked to provide the guest with our full support and in line with our non-discrimination policy, this host has been permanently removed from the Airbnb platform”. The company “works to identify and prevent discrimination on its platform”.
NBC attempted to contact the host, but she had “no comment”.
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