Airbnb Host Turns Ontario Student Away Because His Friend Is Black

An Ontario student’s travel plans are in disarray after an Airbnb host turned him away because his friend and fellow traveller was black.

Corne Van Hoepen studies journalism in Toronto. He was planning to visit Vancouver, where he grew up, with a friend this summer.

In an attempt to save money on their trip, the duo turned to Airbnb and booked a stay at the ‘High End Apartment at the Heart of Richmond Centre’ and paid for two nights there.

Van Hoepen told HuffPost Canada that the host, identified only as Grace, started to ask him a series of bizarre questions.

Finally, about his friend, she asked, “Is he black?”

Unsure of how to respond, Van Hoepen consulted with his friend, who told him he was proud to be black and that he should answer honestly.

“I’ve never experienced this before, myself, because I’m Caucasian… my first instinct was to be like ‘what does race really matter? We’re just trying to book a room.'”

When he told Grace that his friend was black, she allegedly told him to cancel the reservation because black people were not allowed in her building

Van Hoepen said they had tried to give Grace the benefit of the doubt but they were flabbergasted by her response.

“We were just like, ‘Whoa, what’s happening?'”

Alleged that black people were not allowed

Grace insisted that he cancel the reservation but he refused because he wanted to ensure that the booking was still on his account for Airbnb to investigate.

The host later called Van Hoepen to further insist that he cancel because her building had no black people in it and that the booking would tip them off that she was renting out her home — something she told him was not allowed.

Van Hoepen contacted the building’s manager who confirmed that what Grace was telling him was not true …read more

Source:: The Huffington Post – Canada

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