You really have to wonder about some Airbnb hosts. Don’t get me wrong – many of them, are wonderful. But others?
- Not once, but at least twice, Airbnb hosts have specified that their guests must be unvaccinated against COVID
- Some hide cameras and don’t tell anyone (note: cameras in Airbnbs are OK, except in bedrooms and bathrooms, but the host have to be up front about them)
- And we don’t know if this host was being passive aggressive or was just a clean freak
So SHOULD we be surprised that an Airbnb host had the audacity to post a maximum weight requirement for their guests? Probably not.
Hosts Zsu and Marcus, are the owners of Bobbit’s Lair, a cottage in Sandwich, Kent, England. They rented it on Airbnb for £199 (about $265) per night and it had a 4-star rating. It was listed as a two-bedroom medieval cottage with old touches like 15th-century beams, as well as a modern kitchen and outdoor hot tub.
Their ad for their property specified some rules that could be taken as a little odd but generally acceptable, especially considering their place was from the 15th century, had wood beams and was in a residential area:
- No naked flames or candles to be lit inside the cottage
- No loud music or talking outside after 10pm
- No smoking inside the cottage
- No moving furniture or rearranging the kitchen
- No more than 4 persons in the hot tub at any one time
- No non-guests allowed
- No red wine in carpeted or bedroom areas
- No drinking the tap water; use the filter machine for all drinks
But they had one more rule that was just…I have no words
- No persons with eating disorders may book. We have a maximum weight of 100kg (Note: about 220 pounds) per person
That last rule, needless to say, got some major complaints. So they removed the listing and rewrote it. The removed the “eating disorders” part but still had maximum weight requirement, stating their cottage had, “very old oak beams.”
Fat Activist Lindsay McGlone took to Instagram, who shared the ad with her nearly 20k followers.
“When I saw the listing I couldn’t believe what I was reading, I couldn’t comprehend that somebody would write that,” Insider said McGlone, 22, told Kennedy News.
“I shared the listing because the people who wrote it need to be held accountable because it’s extremely damaging and I wanted it removed.
“Specifying a certain weight is fat-phobic as it’s discriminating against people who have a larger body.
“They’re saying they don’t want fat people in their vicinity and they don’t want to take fat people’s money.”
And honestly y’all, if someone is particularly tall, 220 isn’t even overweight.
Meanwhile, Zsu and Marcus kept to their guns and said that larger guests were not welcome:
We had someone ask about the bath size then how wide was he [sic] doors were,” the hosts told Kennedy news.
“We said ‘not suitable for disabled guests.’
“Then the penny dropped once they booked we had to cancel as the cottage could of [sic] got seriously damaged during ‘their’ stay.
“Understand the pictures are wide angle, bigger than average people are NOT ALLOWED TO STAY!”
Airbnb has had a nondiscrimination policy on the books since 2016.
From an Airbnb spokesperson: “Airbnb’s mission is to create a world where everyone can belong anywhere.
“Discrimination and bias have no place in our community, and we suspended the listing while we addressed the matter raised.
“We enforce a strict non-discrimination policy and under our Open Doors initiative, if a guest feels they have been discriminated against, we will provide personalized support to ensure they find a place to stay.”
The listing for Bobbit’s Lair has been removed from Airbnb.
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