The economy has been hard on all of us, and the criminal world is no different. In an effort to save money it appears as though even hookers are doing everything in their power to save a few bucks.
Looking at spending upwards of $700 a night at an upscale hotel in order to conduct her business transforming a hotel room door into a revolving door for the night, some have found a simple way to cut costs. Instead of renting a hotel room with its lavish amenities for the night, they have taken to renting people’s homes to conduct their less than sanitary occupation.
Airbnb is a website in which people can go to rent homes of others for a night, week, month and even longer. Sort of like a vacation rental site – with the benefit of personal touch – Airbnb offers individual’s homes for rent.
Unfortunately for the website that has houses in 192 different countries, they have recently learned of some more shady folk conducting their business right under the noses of unsuspecting homeowners. In an attempt to save a few bucks, prostitutes have taken to renting properties for a week and then proceed to show several men a good time in exchange for money.
It was only recently discovered after Jessica Penzari came forward to tell her story and warn others to be wary of suspicious inquirers. Penzari shared that a woman was interested in her apartment who explained that, “she was in the Army and needed a place to hang out before she got shipped out.”
Furthering her cover, the undercover hooker explained saying that, “she was being deployed that week. She was asking for places to go out with her friends.” After renting the place however, you can imagine her shock when she received a call from the police saying her most recent tenant had been cut with a knife.
Apparently the prostitute’s last client wasn’t too happy with the going rate of his “massage” and decided to let the woman in on that in the most painful way he knew how. She found further evidence of what had occurred in her residence after finding baby wipes and “at least 10 used condoms.”
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For her troubles, Airbnb put her up in the luxurious InterContinental hotel in Times Square for two nights while they got the place cleaned up. Apparently, out of their embarrassment, they allowed her room service at the hotel, changed her apartment locks and even bought her new pillows along with a few other belongings.
So why run such a risk?
Well apparently organizations that operate in this fashion stand to save a lot of money this way. As the apartments usually rent for about 200-400 a day, its more cost efficient to do business this way. According to a woman who only spoke to reporters under the promise of anonymity, “[They] probably save $200 to $300 a night by not getting a hotel.”
Let’s just say they save $200 a night on average, and only work 5 days a week (just to be conservative), they save about $4000 a month – you can almost appreciate their entrepreneurial spirit. The mysterious woman went on to share, “It’s more discreet and much cheaper than The Waldorf.”
According to her, “Hotels have doormen and cameras. They ask questions. Apartments are usually buzz-in.” And whereas in an apartment, they can make their rent for the night in one hour at $500 a pop, with upscale hotels, they may have to make two just to break even.
This isn’t the first instance in which places rented on Airbnb have been used in this manner either as a woman late last year reported her place was used for, “male-on-male nude massage[s].” Just last month, a homeowner in Chelsea retuned to bear witness to an “XXX FREAK FEST,” that consisted of an “overweight orgy.”
What do you think – how mad would you be to find out that your place had been used in such a way? Let us know in a comment below.
(h/t: New York Post)