You can’t trust everything you see on the internet.
This mantra applies to almost everything. From videos to social media images, they never tell the whole story.
And it seems the same can be said for Airbnbs too.
TikTok user @desireerosebaker shared her bizarre experience on the video-sharing app, and we will never look at accommodation photos with such trusting eyes ever again.
In the clip, Desiree shows images of what she presumed her New York city Airbnb would look like.
Clean, spacious and with lots of natural light from the windows, it looks like the perfect getaway space.
‘I’m in New York City right now at my Airbnb,’ she tells her followers. ‘These are the pictures from online. Two beds, nice view and good location. Here is a better close up of the window and the view that we thought we had.’
However, when Desiree pushed back the curtain, the supposed view was nowhere to be found.
HOW IS THIS LEGAL you literally can not make this up. I can open the window and touch their table
‘I pull back the shades, and there are no buildings,’ she exclaims. ‘We are in a restaurant.’
Desiree then shows viewers the Airbnb room and pulls up the shade where a complete view of a restaurant can be seen.
Two diners sit immediately in front of the window, enjoying their meal, unaware that Desiree is watching them.
She captioned the video: ‘How is this legal? You literally can not make this up. I can open the window and touch their table.’
In a follow-up video, she explains that the window is a one-way mirror, meaning diners can not see through to the bedroom.
She also tells viewers that she reached out to the host in the hope of receiving a refund.
In the message, she wrote: ‘We have checked in, and the pictures of the room we booked are completely inaccurate.
‘There is a restaurant outside of our window, not a view of outside.’
After a wait, the host eventually replied, but the message was baffling.
‘Actually, we were going to cancel your reservation as we had some room issues, however we were able to manage to host you,’ the host responded.
‘I believe everything went and is going well during your stay, and glad to know that we were able to host you during this time of the year.’
While she did not receive compensation from the host, Airbnb reached out to Desiree after seeing the initial viral TikTok.
Airbnb stated they were shocked and ‘it was not the experience that we want our guests to have’.
The company then offered a coupon for a future stay, which Desiree accepted.
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