Woman Utterly Pillaged via Airbnb
When blogger and frequent traveler Emily J returned from three weeks of business travel, she found that the stranger to whom she had rented her apartment did quite a number on it. A "pungent odor" hit her first, then a seemingly endless series of stomach turning sights: rifled drawers, photos, documents and storage containers; a locked closet door with a hole smashed through it; shoes and clothes strewn about and worn; filthy soot covering all surfaces, thanks to sheets being burned in the fireplace with the flue closed; ruined, burnt out pots and pans and filthy piles of dishes in the kitchen; Comet powdered bleach dumped on the bed, kitchen counters, wood furniture and everywhere else; a "death smell" and mysterious crusty yellow substance in the bathroom. Her birth certificate and social security card had been found and apparently photocopied, using Emily's own printer/copier.
What was missing was nearly as disturbing as what was scattered; a Passport, credit card, cash and Emily's grandmother's jewelry were missing from the locked, smashed up closet; also missing were an external backup drive containing "my entire life," and an iPod, camera and old laptop; Ugg boots and a Roots cap. Also creepy was how the vandal emailed her repeatedly during his or her week long stay, "thanking me for being such a great host, for respecting his/her privacy, telling me how much he/she was enjoying my beautiful apartment bathed in sunlight."
Emily has been working with the San Francisco police — they reportedly have a suspect — and with her banks and the credit bureaus. She says she hasn't slept or eaten in days. Despite having the apartment cleaned and sterilized, she says she'll have to move out.
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