Unprofessional, Rude, and Unhelpful Customer Service

My partner and I had confirmed a reservation for a modest accommodation in Brentford. It was small; however, it suited our needs due to the location and all amenities. I had been in touch with the host, Gurneet, and we had spoken throughout my booking and afterwards. Gurneet asked yesterday if we’d be able to change our dates to April 31st to May 2nd rather than March 28th- 31st. I told her we wouldn’t be able to as we have no other accommodation in place for the other dates. She assured me that was fine and that the accommodation was still available. When I asked what the issue was she said it was merely a maintenance issue with fire alarms that she’d discuss with her landlord. Fast forward two hours: at 11:00 PM I received an email from Airbnb notifying me that our reservation had been cancelled. Though Gurneet and I were in regular contact on Whatsapp she cancelled the reservation then sent a message through Airbnb.

As soon as I received this, I called Gurneet. She did not answer. Instead I received a message asking me not to call, as others were asleep. I asked her why she had not given any notice of this being an issue prior to cancelling, to which she could not answer. In fact, Gurneet blocked me on Whatsapp. I then tried to call Airbnb, as they claim to be open 24/7. After spending an hour waiting on the line with no answer I went to bed. This morning I called Airbnb again, hoping they could help me. I spoke to a lady called Kira who actually shouted down the line. I’ve never spoken to someone so rude and unprofessional. After discussing the issue at hand, Kira informed me that Airbnb could only issue me with a refund plus 10% of what we spent. However, had the host cancelled 24 hours or less before the date we planned to stay, Airbnb would have helped us rebook. I explained that this whole situation has been so stressful and we had failed to find another accommodation in the same or similar location with the same amenities. She told me to continue looking and rushed to get off the phone.

When I said I didn’t find it fair of Airbnb to only offer 10% when all other accommodations nearby were higher than our price range this is when she shouted at me and asked why I didn’t think it was fair. When I responded to ask why she raised her voice. I said I found it incredibly unprofessional for a member of Airbnb’s staff to shout at a client. She claimed she hadn’t raised her voice – still shouting – and said if I didn’t let her speak she’d hang up. I said I couldn’t believe how poor the service she provided had been and put the phone down. I also explained to Kira prior to this that the experience was much more stressful as my partner is coming from Australia, the airline had already cancelled his original flight which had been due to arrive on March 27th and issued him with one arriving March 28th, so I had to change bookings accordingly. Now eight days may seem like a lot to some people, however we specifically booked in advance as we knew we wouldn’t be able to manage everything if not. Now we are receiving no help whatsoever and I just have to hope I can find another accommodation in time. In regards to Kira, I hope no one else has the unpleasant experience of talking to someone like her who clearly doesn’t suit her job. When she should be encouraging and helpful, she offered no help whatsoever, instead taking it upon herself to shout in a situation that was already stressful to myself as the guest.

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  1. I was going to book a place for 6 months on another continent. I was having a conversation (through the airbnb website of course) to sort things out. This morning I find the price has gone up by 25 percent, the ‘cleaning fee’ has doubled, and the ‘security deposit’ which you just know they’ll keep whatever happens has risen. I’ve given up going through airbnb now. What would happen if I arrived and the ‘host’ (owner with all the money) decided to cancel. I’d be left with nowhere to live, stranded on another continent, and airbnb (as shown in this site) would do nothing. Why should it? The higher the price, the more they make. It’s like ebay. They do nothing to punish sellers because the more sellers, the more money ebay makes. At the end of the day the sellers are the crooks (mostly listing second hand as ‘new’, selling junk as ‘antique’, and bulk buying and then splitting into smaller parts to sell, which is actually against the law in any sane country if the item is edible. airbnb may not care (the owners are billionaires now, so they won’t ever care), but the actual crooks are the ‘hosts’. Sure, there may be honest ones, just like there are honest sellers on ebay, but how could you ever find them? Do yourself a favor and never buy anything on ebay that costs more than a few dollars, and never book on airbnb unless you have a fallback place to stay (but if you have the fallback why stay in the airbnb place anyway). Anything else is just gambling you’ll hit the 5 percent that aren’t crooks. 95 percent of the human race is only interested in money, and they’ll do anything to get it, so don’t put yourself at their mercy to begin with.

  2. Ok got it you don’t like Airbnb nor ebay. (and it seems that you actually havent even used Airbnb?)

    “but the actual crooks are the ‘hosts”

    Really? Our hundreds of guests and 5 star reviews across the board would say otherwise.

    “95 percent of the human race is only interested in money” Wow are you bitter and twisted. I feel sorry for you.

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