July 21, 2017

Woman denied Airbnb during snowstorm because of her race

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You need to have the Adobe Flash Player to view this content. Please click here to continue. RIVERSIDE, Calif. – A woman and her friends drove through harrowing winter weather to California’s Big Bear ski resort, only to find once she arrived that the group would be denied shelter because of her race .

Dyne Suh, of Riverside, is speaking out about the Feb. 17 incident in which an Airbnb host in Running Springs told her she was canceling the booking Suh had made because she is Asian.

“I wouldn’t rent to you if you were the last person on Earth,” screenshots show the host told Suh. “One word says it all. Asian.”

In anguish after learning their reservation had been canceled that night, Suh’s group happened to stop their car next to a KTLA reporter who was in the area covering the severe weather.

“By the grace of God we parked three minutes away from the Airbnb when the host canceled and there was a news crew KTLA 5 parked next to us,” Suh wrote in a comment on a Facebook post detailing the incident.

She told KTLA the host had originally confirmed via text message she could pay extra to add two […]

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