A Chinese couple allegedly racked up more than $1,500 in utility fees and other expenses at an Airbnb in South Korea to take revenge on the owner for refusing to cancel their booking.
The unidentified couple booked a villa in Seoul for 25 days and paid in full. However, they asked to cancel the booking and receive a refund after realizing that the villa was located in Seoul’s outer suburbs, reported NetEase News.
When the owner declined, the couple reportedly seemed to accept the decision. However, they asked whether there were surveillance cameras in the villa, to which they were told there were not.
They allegedly decided to take revenge on the host by turning on all the taps, lights, electrical appliances and gas for the entire 25-day booking.
The couple, who traveled to different regions of South Korea, reportedly returned to the Airbnb every three to four days on five occasions for no more than five minutes.
The owner only found out when the gas company called about a huge increase in gas consumption — after the couple had already left.
“They used 120 tonnes (31,700 gallons) of water in five days,” the host said, which was reportedly five times higher than usual.
In addition, the host noted there were also $728 in miscellaneous expenses, leaving him with a total bill of $1,570.
The owner has since contacted Airbnb customer service for assistance.
However, the company reportedly refused to take responsibility, stating that the matter must be resolved between him and the guests.
The owner could not reach the couple and was eventually forced to pay the bill.