Dyne Suh of Riverside California and three friends were minutes away from their confirmed Airbnb accommodations they had acquired for their ski trip near Big Bear Lake when they got they stunning news that their reservation had been canceled. Though Suh did originally book for a group of two, she claims she had confirmed that for an extra charge, two extra guests could be accommodated. As documented by Suh, the Airbnb host did not cancel due to the last minute change, but because Suh is Asian ‘One word says it all. Asian. Want something for nothing’. Taking screenshots of the messages in order to report the incident to Airbnb the host, a Trump supporter emboldened by the current president’s bigoted views on immigrants- replied: ‘Go ahead. It’s why we have Trump.’
As reported by The Daily Mail:
A woman was left stranded and in tears after she was denied an Airbnb by a Trump-supporting host during a snowstorm because she was Asian.
Dyne Suh, of Riverside, California, was traveling with friends to ski trip near Big Bear Lake, California, over Presidents’ Day weekend when they were suddenly left without accommodation on February 18.
The 25-year-old law student said her reservation was canceled just three minutes before her group would arrive, with the host saying: ‘I wouldn’t rent to you if you were the last person on Earth’.
The Airbnb host then reportedly added: ‘One word says it all Asian. Want something for nothing.’
Since the incident, Airbnb has banned the host from its site for her ‘abhorrent and unacceptable’ behavior, it was reported on Wednesday.
Suh, who has been living in America since she was three years old, said the whole incident was sparked after she asked the host if she could add her two puppies and two friends to the reservation, reported The Washington Post.
Suh said the woman initially agreed via text to the new arrangement but then right before the group arrived, things took a turn for the worse.
According to the screenshots, the now-banned host said: ‘If you think four people and two dogs ate [sic] getting a room fir [sic] $50 a night on Big Bear mountain during the busiest weekend of the year … You are insanely high.’
Suh said she countered back with saying that she had proof the host agreed and that she would report her to the company and have her removed.
The host allegedly messaged back and said: ‘Go ahead. It’s why we have Trump.’
The host added she would ‘not allow this country to be told what to do by foreigners’, reported KTLA 5.
The shocking comments, including calling Suh a ‘con artist’, immediately reduced the young woman to tears.
She said to KTLA, moments after the cancellation: ‘It stings that after living in the U.S. for over 23 years, this is what happens.
‘No matter if I follow the law, if I’m kind to people, no matter how well I treat others — it doesn’t matter. If you’re Asian, you’re less than human and people can treat you like trash.’
Luckily, after two hours being stuck in the inclement weather, the group found shelter at a nearby cabin.
When Airbnb found out about the incident, it fully reimbursed Suh for the trip and for the hotel they stayed at instead.
Airbnb said in a statement to KTLA on Wednesday: ‘Airbnb does not condone discrimination in any way.
‘We have worked to provide the guest with our full support. In line with our non-discrimination policy, this host has been permanently removed from the Airbnb platform.’
NBC4 reached out to the host, who sent the shocking messages, and reported that she had ‘no comment’ on the matter.
While is does seem suspect that there just so happened to be a news crew on the scene as the incident unfolded, the fact that the climate regarding race relations in the country are in such dire straits that an incident such as this could be plausible is disturbing. It is encouraging that businesses such as Airbnb are steadfast in conducting business with a zero tolerance policy for discrimination to protect both the hosts and guests. If you hold racist and bigoted views you deserve to be exposed and have your business suffer as a result.
What do you make of the whole incident? Do you think that there is more to the story? Do you think that Airbnb was right to ban the host for their treatment of Suh? Join the discussion in the comments below.