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According to NPR she would send request, but would get declined moments later. Crittenden shared her story along with the hashtag that made others on Black Twitter talk about their own experience.
However another incident has occurred while a Black person was renting an Airbnb in Amsterdam. South African filmmaker Sibahle Steve Nkumbi as well as her friends rented a place and it ended up being a terrible experience.
According to BET the ladies were running late for their 11 a.m. checkout time and it caused the landlord to be infuriated. He yelled, “out” as the ladies were packing their belongings and as Nkumbi was leaving he pushed her so hard that she lost her balance.
She ended up falling down the stairs and Nkumbi said in an interview, “The way he grabbed me, I knew he was going to throw me down there. I freaked out.”
This horrifying experience was all caught on Instagram and now the landlord is facing attempted murder charges.
Recently, David King, Airbnb’s Director of Diversity & Belonging spoke out and had this to say about the incident,
“Appalling and unconscionable behavior against members of our community runs counter to everything Airbnb stands for. Our CEO Brian Chesky and I are reaching out to the affected guests. We will take the strongest actions we can against such abhorrent conduct, including banning people for life from our platform and assisting law enforcement with their investigation and potential prosecution. Nobody should ever be treated like this and it will not be tolerated.”