Racist New York Airbnb Host Kicks Out Guests Following Shocking Tirade
A video has emerged of the shocking moment an AirBnb host threw out a group of black men from their accommodation at 2am in New York after referring to them as 'monkeys'.
Restaurant owner Meshach Cisero took to social media to share the appalling experience, explaining how despite the apartment in the Upper East Side being listed for five people, the owner, named Kate, refused to let them stay, asking which 'monkey' would be sleeping on the couch.
Speaking on Instagram, Cicero said: "We arrived to our @Airbnb, and we were harassed several times before being thrown out at 2 am.
"Her reasonings were because she felt unsafe, we were going to steal and destroy her property, and then told us to 'Get the fuck out of her house immediately!' We cooperated and began to pack our things to leave."
Just as they were preparing to go, the host entered with her camera and although they asked her to respect their privacy as one of them had just come out of the shower, the woman continued the abuse and referred to them as 'criminals'.
"She became so angry, rude, and disrespectful that we had to call @NYPD because we weren't sure if she'd attack us while trying to leave," he added.
The group, who were meant to be enjoying a night together as friends, were forced to find a hotel at the last minute.
Cicero made a good point in a follow-up video by highlighting how if this were to happen to one of their little sisters or brothers, they might not have had the resources to find accommodation and would've been left stranded in the city.
As well as the incriminating video of the woman on her racist tirade, Cicero also posted screenshots of the Airbnb listing in which it outlined that four other guests were going to be staying at the apartment as well.
The posts have since gone viral and Airbnb apologised to Cicero and his friends, asking him to contact them through their DMs.
Company spokesperson Ben Breit also assured The Daily Mail that the woman in the video would be banned from the platform.
He said: "The language used in this video is unacceptable and has no place in the Airbnb community.
"We have a strict nondiscrimination policy, which we are enforcing to remove the host from our platform. We are supporting Mr. Cisero and his friends in getting them a new place to stay through our Open Doors policy.
"We're thankful to them for bringing this to our attention so we could take action."
In a later video, Cicero thanked all of those who shared his posts, stating: "I am glad that we can shed light on this and hold these people accountable, we can hold our host (Kate) accountable and we can hold Airbnb accountable for these services that they offer us but are not living up to our expectations.
"We need to reevaluate Airbnb's host policy and how they might not be necessarily in the best interest of a guest because God forbid this was someone else."
Topics: US News