If you haven't heard of AirBnB, welcome to the Internet. Watch out for the trolls and be sure to read up on memes and gifs because we aren't going to take any more time to explain them to you.
Anyway, AirBnB is a company that facilitates temporary rental agreements between travelers and potential hosts. Let's say you've got an apartment in Philly, but you've got to fly out to Colorado for the weekend because your selfish friends decided to make everyone they know fly most of the way across the country to see them publicly declare their love for each other even though they've been dating since, like, the eighth grade. Now, your apartment is going to sit vacant while you're slurring your way through a speech thanks to two too many beverages between the ceremony and the reception. So, before you leave, you post your place on Airbnb and find a nice couple in town to look at the Liberty Bell and panic while ordering at Pat's or whatever the hell tourists do when they've got 36 hours in Philly.
That couple doesn't have to blow a whole paycheck on a hotel for the weekend. You make some cash while appeasing your self-involved friends. AirBnB makes some dough in the process everybody's happy...
Until you come home early and find out that the "nice couple" is actually just a dude throwing a "XXX Freak Fest" at your place and destroying all of your stuff in the process.
According to Business Insider, Ari Teman rented his apartment to a guy named David who had good reviews on Airbnb. After giving "David" the keys, Teman left the place and returned a while later to get his luggage from the guy who works in the lobby. Only he found "David" in the lobby explaining to a crowd of people that their orgy had been shut down.
Teman rushed to his apartment to find it in shambles; dismantled furniture and belongings had been tossed into a back alley behind his apartment, presumably to make room for guests.
To AirBnB's credit, though, they were quick to lend a hand in fixing the situation. They had a locksmith over to David's immediately upon hearing about the issue and supposedly wired him a boatload of money to help replace his crap. He'd probably be better off spending it on non-material goods, though, because the things we own end up owning us. That joke was brought to you by Fight Club.
AirBnB also issued a statement to Business Insider, explaining how they handled the problem.
Over 11 million guests have had a safe and positive experience on AirBnB and problems for hosts and guests are incredibly rare, but when they happen, we try to help make things right. We were appalled when we learned about this incident and we took immediate action to help this host. The individual who rented this space has been permanently removed from our site. We've reimbursed the host for damages to his apartment and ensured he has a new place to stay. In the days ahead, we'll continue to work with the host to assist him with his additional needs and we will work cooperatively with any law enforcement agencies that investigate this matter. [Business Insider]