Football fan Ben Speller arrived in the Dutch city ahead of Spurs' match with Ajax. Mr. Speller was delighted when he came across a $128 listing for a 'clean home'...
In a hilarious turn of events, a British traveler who booked a $128-a-night home in Amsterdam through Airbnb was in for a rude shock, when he discovered that the 'cottage' was actually a shipping container set up on the roadside. Football fan Ben Speller landed in the Dutch city ahead of Tottenham Hotspur's match against nearby group Ajax a week ago.
Confident of discovering someplace shoddy and merry, Mr. Speller was truly enchanted when he discovered the posting for a 'clean home in Amsterdam with a private bathroom,' Be that as it may, the Londoner was left absolutely shocked in the wake of touching base for his one-night stay to be met with a grey shipping container.
Moreover, the so-called cottage was accompanied by three sleeping cushions and a portable toilet inside at Pauwenpad, close to the Prins Bernhardplein, in Amsterdam. He revealed to Dutch news site AT5, "We had already driven past the container three times in the taxi trying to find the place."
"We thought, 'This can't be it.' But when we got out it turned out that it was true. We opened the door and looked inside, locked the door and left. Then we went to a hotel," he added. Consequently, Mr. Speller approached the proprietor for a refund, yet the solicitation was denied, prompting Airbnb themselves refunding the $128 as well as the $295 for the inn booking itself.
Moreover, AT5 asserted that there was no proper grant in place for the container, and in the wake of visiting the site to discover it vacant, it was towed away by city contractors. The home portrayed as a 'cottage' by a host named 'Jacob', was removed from the site soon after Mr. Speller raised his grievance.
A representative for Airbnb stated, "We have removed the host and listings from our platform. Misrepresented or fraudulent listings have no place on our platform, and our team works hard to constantly strengthen our defenses and stay ahead of bad actors."
Be that as it may, it isn't the first run through that a marginally questionable posting has been made available on the mainstream accommodation site. In March 2016, one venturesome local set up a twofold bed in a vehicle left outside of a row of garages in Peckham and listed it at $10.
With a value that shabby in London, it was not astounding that the accommodation appears too good to be true. The whimsical property summary portrays the rental as a 'private room in a public space,' Unfortunately for any intrigued customers, Airbnb has since brought down the posting.