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There's always the element of the unknown when it comes to booking an AirBNB. Is the apartment owned by a serial killer? Are the people booking the apartment serial killers? Are both of you serial killers about to have a stand-off? Who knows. But here are some of the craziest stories from AirB&B hosts (but not the serial killer kind).

u/Aura_Blaze_Official asked: People who rent out their houses for Air B&B, what is the rudest, most fucked up thing a guest has done in your home?

What terrible renters.

Not me but my sister.

She was visiting her boyfriend who lived in France at the time, and figured it was a good idea to put her apartment on air b&b.

There were 2 guys that ended up renting it for 9 days of the 3ish weeks she would be gone. Day 2 she got complaints from neighbours about garbage being thrown out the window, she lives on the 5th floor. She tried getting them to stop, when that didn't work she tried getting them to leave, didn't work either ofc.

She ended up calling our parents to get them to help with calling the police as she was still in another country. When the officer showed up they spit in his face and tried punching him. He got reinforcements and got them removed, idk what happened to them afterwards sadly.

As a side note: Air b&b was surprisingly helpful, and even handled all the legal things with the guys still paying for the full 9 day stay, without more than a quick call to describe what was happening.

Robotmurloc14

Now THAT'S creepy.

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Found a web cam in the bathroom. Not well hidden, can't really prove which guest it was, but it scared the **** out of me because I'd probably be liable if a guest found it.

PMMeParkingTickets

Weird.

Steal the cable for the tv. The next guests asked about the tv not working, and upon inspection we found that the physical cable from the tv to the cable was missing - taken by the previous guests.

wtf?

Snuffleupagus03

That's so scary!

1st time was my last time.

But, rented to a young lady and her 5 year old son. Was supposed to be an overnight then she would return in a week for a second night.

We met the lady and her son, showed her around, she told us she would likely be gone by noon at the latest.

Wife and I showed up at house around 1:30 to clean up. Her car was still in the driveway, we knocked on the door, the little boy answers. Tells us his mommy won't wake up.


We found her lying on the floor next to the bed.

Apparently she had a heart attack in the night and tried to get to her cell phone.

The cops contacted her family, they came and got the little boy.

Lots of tears and emotion.

Wife and I decided that we didn't want that ever again. So, we took it off the site.

gunbunnycb

They must have read the Necronomicon.

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Rented our holiday cabin out to come back to a disgusting smell of death, I don't know how else to describe it but we found 6 dead deer dragged underneath the house and like propped up to look demonic.

We rented it out to 5, 20 year old boys. Would love to know what really happened that weekend.

maddzlee

Gross.

My sister rents out a unit that's attached to 2 other units. She told me about a guy who was a first time renter on the app. He seemed nice enough, but she got complaints from the neighbors about partying and loud music late at night.

She spoke to him the next day, he was super chill about it, but when he left, she found a mess. Beer cans and food everywhere and on top of that he spilled beer all over the mattress so she had to get a new one. She charged him for it and wasn't sure if he was gonna pay up, but he did. Wasn't super bad, but it was incredibly stressful for her.

soysaucepapi

Disgusting.

Had a guest from NYC stay in our VRBO apt for a week. She was a bit snooty and bragged that she was coming to sell high end seafood to high end restaurants. She asked me to make sure and accept a large package of frozen seafood that was being overnighted to the house prior to her arrival. I did and put it in her apartment. She arrived and we didn't see her until the day she left. She told told all went well and she got several new clients. Then she presented us with a HUGE fillet of Tuna as a gift.


Once she left we went in to the unit to start cleaning and prepping for new guests arriving a few days later. The place was FILTHY! She threw her trash on the floor rather than in the trash cans. All of the washcloths were missing from the linen closet but none were in the laundry pile. I found three bloody wash clothes under a paper towel in the bathroom trash. It was the only thing in it. There was this bad smell and we couldn't figure out where it was coming from. After a thorough search we found it. She had been broiling seafood in the oven. That new oven was disgusting! The inside was caked in grease, fish scales and god knows what else. It took me one entire afternoon to get it clean.

rostoffario

Why do people suck so much?

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A friend of mine rented out his condo to a family for 3 months solid. When the rental period was up, they refused to leave and he had to call the police out to get them to go.

Then he found out they had ruined the flooring in the kitchen by keeping a dog water bowl on the floor and letting water just get trapped under it until it soaked in day after day, week after week.

He said the kitchen looked like they'd been running a commercial restaurant because there was no way normal family meals could have accounted for the amount of grease and curry staining the walls.

They'd also left rotting food on the counters that had maggots crawling on it.

The kicker was he filed a complaint with AirBNB demanding a full refund of his 3 months rent because he wasn't happy with the rental.

McFeely_Smackup

Wow.

Not me personally but there was an article in the newspaper of my hometown about an Air B&B that was turned into a brothel for about two weeks. When the owner returned home he still had men show up at his door looking for the girls.

saamii_xx

Did they think it was Fabreeze?

Relative of mine has an AirBnb - Tenant decided they didn't like the place for some reason and took a can of emergency bear mace and sprayed all over the AirBnB before leaving.

Relative had to clean the place, eyes stinging the whole time, before a new AirBnb Tenant was to show up the next day.

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Now that college has become a standard requirement for so many jobs and careers, there is a massive push by high schools to get their graduating students accepted and enrolled at an undergraduate college.

On the whole, that's undoubtedly a great thing. A more educated workforce will be prepared to solve the most complex issues facing human beings in the next several decades.

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*The following article contains discussion of suicide/self-harm.

The person on the other end of a 911 call has a truly remarkable job.

For those who don't play that professional role, we hope to never encounter the 911 call interaction. But if we do find ourselves making that call, the moment is an anomaly in our lives.

The chaos, the panic, the racing heart, and the desperation are all emotions we, ideally, don't experience on a regular basis.

But for the operator on the other end, our call is one in a long line of calls they've received all day, and all the workdays before that one.

It's difficult to imagine being embedded in those uniquely urgent, emergency moments all the time.

Some Redditors who are on the other end of that call shared their experiences on the job.

WhimsicalxxButcher asked, "911 dispatchers what has been your most creepy/unnerving call?"

For a few, the most unnerving moments were the calm callers.

There was something just so eerie about how level-headed the faceless human being on the other end could be through such a desperate, tragic moment.

Almost Clinical 

"I had a friend who worked as a 911 dispatcher and he always said the worst call he ever had was a ~20 year old kid who committed suicide by mixing a bunch of chemicals together in his car to produce hydrogen sulfide gas."

"He said that the most unnerving part was hearing him calmly listing off the chemicals, the type of gas produced, and the effects of hydrogen sulfide on the body (namely the almost instant death it causes at high concentrations)."

"He ended the call by providing the address of the parking lot he was in and saying that nobody should approach the vehicle without hazmat equipment."

"Apparently after that there was a whooshing sound as he dumped the last chemical into the mix, and then the line went dead silent aside for a quiet fizzing noise."

"I know that call screwed him up because he almost never talks about stuff that happens to him on the job. He quit a few months later to go into construction management, and frankly I can't blame him."

-- iunoyou

Planned Out 

"A woman called me, saying she was going to kill herself. She was gassing herself. Gave me her name & address then said she was just going to lie down and 'go to sleep.' And stopped responding to me."

"I kept the line open, trying to get her to speak to me, and eventually heard officers forcing their way in to find her body. I guess she just wanted someone to find her body."

-- mozgw4

Before It Set In 

"When I got a call from a 6 year old who got home from school and laid down to take a nap with his dad. His dad never woke up."

"The kid was so calm when calling it broke my heart."

"I ended up leaving dispatch shortly after. I was good at compartmentalizing the job for the year I was doing it, but it would've broken me in the long run."

-- tasha7712

Other 911 operators were unfortunate enough to receive a call from the very last person they wanted to hear from: a loved one.

These dispatchers' unique position gave them the unexpected access to a family member or friend at their most dire moments.

No More of That 

"My family member is a long time first responder, and 'retired' into doing dispatch. He heard the address (someone else was taking the call) and realized it was his daughter's house."

"He rushed over there just in time to see them wheeling her body out. Overdose."

"Five months later, he was called to his ex-wife's place because his grandson (son of the daughter who recently passed) had his door locked, lights on, but wasn't responding to his grandma."

"He broke the door down and found him deceased in bed. Overdose."

"He's very stoic after years of all sorts of traumatic situations but my heart hurts whenever I think of what all of this must have felt like. Like sand through your fingers."

-- bitchyhouseplant

Knowing the Address

"Not me, but my grandma. I was sitting in the dispatch office, (very small one only 2 dispatchers including my grandma) but she put out a dispatch that there was a gun shot from my best friends address."

"My heart sank to my stomach and broke later that day. He committed suicide."

-- OntaiSenpuu

When it Happened 

"My uncle passing away. Worked as a small town dispatcher for a year or so. Had a bunch of messed up stuff happen on shift, but this call came in in the still hours of the night. Small town, so not many calls after midnight."

"I answered and recognized the name and address on caller id. Aunt was in a frenzy so didn't recognize my voice. I remained calm and got ems and fire rolling to them, but by my aunt's own words he was already blue."

"I went thru debriefing and mandated therapy for a couple other things that happened, but never really talked to anyone about this. I just try not to think about it."

"That was the call I figured out I needed to find a different job."

-- dangitjon

Finally, some simply had a front row seat to sudden tragedy.

These operators were flies on the wall when disaster struck. They never asked to witness what they witnessed, but sometimes that came with the territory.

A Holiday Tragedy 

"My mom is a 911 dispatcher. Early on she said one Christmas Eve while working she got a call from an elderly lady who's husband had just collapsed(and died) from a heart attack and in the background Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas music was playing on blast."

"The lady was screaming and crying and begging for her husband to wake up but my mom could hear his gurgling in his last breathes. She doesn't listen to or watch Alvin and the chipmunks since."

-- Blueflowerbluehair

What is it About Christmas?

"Christmas night. 911 call with crying child on the other end. A neighbor had run her car over her mom during a domestic."

"The mom crawled to the porch bleeding and the child saw the car coming back. I had her hide quietly in a closet with the cordless phone."

"The 10 year old child was crying and screamed that she hated Christmas. She was afraid of the police when they got there."

"I kept her on the phone until she felt safe enough to give the phone to an officer. I almost fainted after that call was over. Had nightmares for a while."

-- 2FunBoofer

Close to Home 

"Not a dispatcher but I handle radio communications for the Coast Guard. One night I was on the radio and got a call from an 11 year old kid whose boat had started to sink. He was out with his dad and 6 year old brother."

"They had been hit by another boat and his father got knocked unconscious. I remember the entire conversation up until the radio had gone underwater."

"They ended up finding his dad floating on his back alive but the two boys didn't make it. That one really fu**ed with me because my two littlest brothers were around the same age as the youngest."

-- HIRSH2243

A Horrible Clock 

"Another one that stays with me was the man who called in. It was the anniversary of his adult son having hanged himself. He'd now come home to find his wife had done the same."

"That date is always going to be a black day for him."

-- mozgw4


If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

To find help outside the United States, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has resources available at https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/

Again, we hope you never have to use the 911 call in your life. Nobody wants to be involved in a sudden emergency or a tragic incident.

But hopefully, if you do, an operator like one of these thoughtful, sensitive Redditors is on the other end.

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When I was moving on from middle school to high school my parents had me tested for the "gifted" program. By some miracle I passed and was accepted. And then I turned it down. Everyone was irritated. "This will pave the way for any college you want! You'll learn so much!" his path will set you up for life!" Every adult tried valiantly to sell me this merchandise but in my gut I just wasn't buying it. So I "settled" a level below, merely advanced classes. And upon reflection... it was the best choice I ever made.

Redditor u/dauntlessdaisy was wondering how far some in life got by asking... For those of you who were considered "gifted" in school, what are you doing with your life now?
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