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Woman Recounts Airbnb Hosting Horror Story Where Guest Ended Up In Jail

In its ten years of existence, Airbnb has changed the hospitality game by allowing users to offer up their home as lodging for strangers. It also allows travelers some cheaper digs while making money for those offering up their homes.

Sounds like a great business model, right?

But as with any good thing, it’s inevitably misused now and then by selfish or even violent people. That’s what happened to one woman after renting out a room to a particularly frightful guest.

The woman, Alavia Khawaja, rented out a room in her home to a man named Leonard Jackson. Over the course of his stay, Jackson would destroy Khawaja’s property and steal from her, armed while doing so.

Get ready for a wild ride.

Even after stealing from her and being kicked out of the apartment, Jackson continued to show obsessive behavior as police and Airbnb were less than helpful.

Khawaja called out Airbnb for its hesitation to help prevent Jackson from doing the same thing again.

The story had people amazed and horrified.

Even Airbnb responded to the wild thread.

But by then, they were too late.

It’s fortunate that Khawaja is safe, but it’s also clear that Airbnb must be more vigilant in verifying the identities of tenants and more responsive in assisting hosts.

H/T: Bored Panda, Next Shark

Written by Evan Brechtel

Evan Brechtel is a writer and actor living in New York. A Fordham University graduate, he also writes a monthly column for Chosen Magazine and is currently working on a historical fiction novel about New York queer bars over the twentieth century.