Airbnb Party Houses Are Banned After 5 Die In Bay Area Shooting On Halloween
By Stephanie Ogbogu
A deadly Halloween party at an Airbnb rental has caused the company to completely ban the use of their services for party houses.
The announcement came on Saturday, November 2, in a series of tweets from the company’s CEO Brian Chesky.
“Starting today, we are banning “party houses” and we are redoubling our efforts to combat unauthorized parties and get rid of abusive host and guest conduct, including conduct that leads to the terrible events we saw in Orinda,” he tweeted.
The horrific incident that led to this ban occurred on October 31 at a Halloween party in Orinda, CA, a wealthy San Francisco suburb. The party was being held at an Airbnb property that was rented by a woman who falsely claimed that she and her 12 asthmatic family members, who were in town for a family reunion, needed the home in order to escape the smoke from the California wildfires. Instead, she threw a party where over 100 people gathered and at around 10:45 pm PDT, it was reported that shots were fired.
The Orinda Police Department has confirmed that 5 people, ranging in age from 22 to 29 years old, had died. Several other victims were transported to local hospitals by ambulance while others transported themselves. The injured suffered from gunshot wounds and injuries sustained while fleeing the scene.
The party was advertised on social media and guests were asked to bring their own alcohol. According to social media, the event was supposed to start at 10 pm.
The home’s owner, Michael Wang, 58, says he called the police on his own house after receiving several noise complaints.
Chris Gade, a neighbor who witnessed the aftermath, told the San Fransisco Chronicle, “Our whole neighborhood heard it, and then people were screaming and fleeing. We could see from our windows. There were a lot of people walking around who were hurt.”
As a result of this deadly event, Airbnb has cracked down on identifying these unauthorized parties. Here’s what Airbnb’s CEO Brian Chesky says is being done:
He ended the tweets by saying, “We must do better, and we will. This is unacceptable.”