#Roommates, it seems like we may have to go back to making hotel reservations cause there is just something in the water with these Airbnb hosts! Do y’all remember just a few weeks ago, an African-American guest was pushed down the stairs by a White Airbnb host after he lost his temper when she was checking out? The host reportedly told her “Get out, Get out” and “This is not Africa.”
Well for one guest, it seemed like she encountered a similar situation when her race became an issue and she was denied by her Airbnb host because she was Asian American!
According to The LA Times, Airbnb host Tani Baker told Dyne Suh, a UCLA law student in a message between the two that she would not be able to accommodate her stay at the Big Bear Cabin because she was Asian. In saved messages between the two, Baker said: “If you think 4 people and 2 dogs are getting a room for $50 a night on Big Bear mountain during the busiest weekend of the year…. You are insanely high.” She continued “I wouldn’t rent to u if you were the last person on earth,” the host wrote back to Suh. “One word says it all. Asian. It’s why we have trump. And I will not allow this country to be told what to do by foreigners.”
After the back and forth, Suh took to her Youtube channel to voice her disappointment with the Airbnb host. “I’ve been here since I was 3 years old,” she said in the video. “America is my home. I consider myself an American. But this woman discriminates against me because I’m Asian.”
After an investigation with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing via the Los Angeles Times, it was declared that Baker must pay a total of $5,000 in damages for discrimination and must take an Asian American Studies course.
#Roommates, do you feel Baker’s punishment was fair?! Let us know!