A viral TikTok of guests covering an Airbnb’s security camera sparks online debate. Some viewers said they wouldn’t care “as long as they pay and don’t ruin the place,” while others would “kick them out right away.”
Timothy George (@timmyjeez) posted the clip to TikTok on Wednesday with the caption, “What would you do as a vacation rental host?”
In the clip, a group of young men enter the Airbnb and notice the Ring video camera near the doorbell. “Hey, can you take it off?” you hear a man say “I have no idea,” replies another. Shortly thereafter, the camera is covered by a kind of plastic bag.
Loud music is playing in the background, leading viewers to assume there was a party going on at the Airbnb.
TikTok has over 348,300 views as of Tuesday.
The commentators were quickly divided. Some people didn’t like the idea of people covering the security cameras.
“Kicked out and fined,” one commented.
“Stop it,” commented another TikToker.
“Not returning your bail,” wrote another.
Several users kept saying they should call the police, but some questioned if that was an appropriate solution. “Everyone says call the cops lmao for what you rented them.”
Others didn’t care so much. “As long as they pay and don’t ruin the place.”
“If they don’t break a rule, you don’t do anything,” wrote another.
“Just let them celebrate. I don’t understand why people get sressed [sic] over it,” commented another.
Some said they don’t even like it when a security camera records them when they rent an Airbnb. “I don’t agree with him messing around with it, but would it be wrong to ask people not to record during the lease. It’s just weird to me,” replied one user.
Others said they wouldn’t even put their rents in that position. “I wouldn’t even rent to them. Period,” said another.
According to Airbnb’s website, in 2022 the company will target unauthorized people with anti-party initiatives. These include prohibiting one-night reservations during special holidays and prohibiting guests who do not have positive past reviews from booking certain two-night reservations.
Regarding the security camera issue, the home-sharing app states that these types of surveillance devices are allowed, but must be “clearly disclosed” in the listing description and not “invade another person’s privacy.” The camera in the video is a doorbell camera and only shows who is at the front door.
The Daily Dot reached out to George via TikTok comment and Airbnb via email.
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*Initial publication: June 7, 2022 at 3:39 pm CDT
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