r/mildlyinfuriating • u/briarpatch_ • 8d ago
Air B&B with “Motion Detector” ring camera above a full length mirror. $500 for tampering with or unplugging it… good thing I have post-it notes
u/KarmaliteNone 8d ago
An owner putting a camera in a rental unit is completely illegal where I live. I'm surprised it is legal anywhere. Total invasion of privacy especially if minors are in that unit.
It's likely NOT legal there, but they get away with it out of the intimidation of charging fees. A lot of people would do when this guy did and just cover it and not report it. (This guy could have, not sure).
Also, I wouldn't be surprised if that was a 2 way mirror with another camera behind it. Kind of odd to have a mirror like that in the living room as opposed to a bedroom.
u/briarpatch_ 8d ago
I plan on reporting for sure. This is a mirror from like target I don’t think the owner is clever enough to finagle such a contraption. I did double check though! Thanks for the tip
Did they charge you the the fee for "tampering" over that post it note? 🤣→ More replies (1)
u/just_a_stoner_bitch 8d ago
I was thinking about this as well. I feel like a real a-hole would→ More replies (9)
Well, clearly the owner is a real asshole. They've proven it with their illegal camera (likely cameras op didn't find) and intimidation tactics to get away with it.
u/Car-Facts 7d ago
Are you or do you have any kids with you in the unit. Say that you are pretty sure your kid ran out into the main room naked and now you are pretty sure the owner is in possession of cheese pizza because you didn't know the camera was there at first.→ More replies (3)
u/Cosmohumanist 7d ago
This is brilliant
u/MykelJMoney 7d ago
I’ve heard you can use your camera in a dark room to potentially detect hidden cameras. Cameras can be disguised as anything: smoke detectors, power adapters, usb hubs, almost anything.→ More replies (16)
u/Reality_Choice 8d ago
Please tell me you moved the mirror too.
u/myco_magic 8d ago
Just because someone puts a sighn up doesn't mean they can legally just charge you.... good luck telling that to my bank they'd just laugh at you→ More replies (20)
You're right, but that threat alone is enough to deter most people from trying anything with that camera. It's illegal to do, so the bank would absolutely be on his side when disputing any charges like that. People like that owner are just assholes.→ More replies (14)→ More replies (7)
u/A_Trash_Homosapien 8d ago
Tell your kid to run around the place naked
Call the cops and report the rental owner for having child porn
Profit→ More replies (17)
u/Loveknuckle 8d ago
Yep. I’ve got a 3 y/o that just learned he likes to rip his diaper off and tug on his pecker in the presence of anyone (grandma, friends, kids…etc.). I’m over it, and if it happens in Walmart again I might just leave him in the frozen food section and act like I don’t know him. He’s gonna be a weird adult. I should probably intervene somehow. /s
Oh but back on subject…I’d rent that place just to bring my nudist of a child to run around and bring my attorney along to stay in the guest bedroom. Double/s. But it could work? Yeah?!→ More replies (4)
u/Empress_Clementine 7d ago
My son was the same. Had a phase where he figured that his recently discovered favorite body part ever was so cool OF COURSE everybody would want to know about it, and see him wave it around. And I mean everybody. Old, young, family, strangers, nobody was going to miss out on sharing his joy. Have guests over, he’s in bed and suppose to be asleep? He’d pop out naked to wave it around while shouting it’s anatomically correct name over and over. Even the neighbor’s cat would get a show if it wandered through our yard. Luckily it didn’t last long. If it makes you feel any better, he’s 33 now and turned out just fine. Plus it’s always good to have stuff like that to embarrass your kids with later in life.→ More replies (12)
u/boringdude00 8d ago
If this was a hotel, OP would be (rightfully) losing his mind. But, nah, it's AirBNB where you literally show up expecting everything to be shit. I don't understand how AirBNB is still in business, it's awful.→ More replies (2)
u/knotshure 7d ago
Same here. It's a great idea on paper but it's just such a fucking crapshoot.
u/Windows_XP_Memelord Subreddit police 8d ago •
They probably count obstructing it as tampering.
u/ChrisRunsTheWorld 8d ago
If it's not explicitly said in the rental description, I'm putting that in the bathtub. If it was disclosed, I'm covering it like OP did. Either way, I'm reporting it.
u/robinthekid 8d ago
I think they’d love to have it in the bathtub→ More replies (1)
u/ChrisRunsTheWorld 8d ago
I didn't say I was unplugging it!→ More replies (1)
u/TheharmoniousFists 8d ago
Watch my taco bell shits.→ More replies (11)
u/ZarquonsFlatTire 7d ago edited 7d ago •
Oh I am a 41 year old man and I'm giving it as much hairy butthole twerking as close to that lense as I can.
You asked for the storm? Reap the whirlwind motherfucker.
I may not be particularly coordinated but I will try to whirl this butthole.
Not really sure how exactly one goes about that so the camera is going to see a few failed attempts.
Edit: I can just see his email to AirB&B. "He whirled his butthole at my camera! Took him a while to get it right too. He fell down about 5 times 'cause he was pretty enthusiastic about it. I think he hurt his knee on the 3rd try."
u/DontBeAJerkYaJerk 7d ago
Dawg, that’s a visual
u/SoundImmediate5884 7d ago
It was words but I saw it in my mind like I was there.→ More replies (2)→ More replies (11)
u/Engineer_This 7d ago
Read this in Brent Chrysler’s voice
u/lorissaurus 8d ago
Op said it was $500 for tampering with it, Soo it was probably a blanket statement about any security devices on the property....→ More replies (11)
u/done_with_the_woods 8d ago
Orrr verify the camera model and check if it has batteries or not. If it does not, just go unplug the router/internet (even if it is in the shot, if they don't have that in the rules who cares). Wait a few seconds and then go unplug the camera. Turn wifi back on and then just reverse the process when you are about to leave.
Alternatively try to find the circuit breaker that the camera is on and flip it which should most definitely be out of the shot. If it doesn't have a saved video of you walking up to it and then the footage cutting then they can't argue it didn't just have a technical issue vs. you unplugging it.
Obviously you shouldn't have to do either of these but it is more about avoiding the charge from airbnb. They tend to side with the hosts a lot but if they can't produce evidence you should be able to stay there camera free while also avoiding the charge.→ More replies (3)
u/XenoRyet 8d ago
Realistically, I'd just fucking leave. If they have a creepy camera right out in the open, how confident are you that they don't have a bunch of hidden ones around?→ More replies (1)
u/-FeistyRabbitSauce- 7d ago
Seriously. Report it to Airbnb, contact your credit card and cancel any payments for good measure. Gtfo.
u/SchuminWeb 7d ago
This. The trust is broken. I would not be able to stay there.
u/myco_magic 8d ago
Just because someone puts a sighn up doesn't mean they can legally just charge you.... good luck telling that to my bank they'd just laugh at you→ More replies (89)
u/smogop 8d ago
Bank ? I’m pretty sure Airbnb would be VERY interested about your experience.→ More replies (2)
u/chuk2015 8d ago
Lol who gives a fuck, unplug it, no way someone can enforce a $500 private fine for unplugging a fucking device→ More replies (19)
u/primalphoenix 8d ago
Air BnB is shit from what I’ve heard, they’ll probably fight tooth and nail for it. Might as well go the whole 9 yards and blow it up with a microwave transformer
u/nw342 8d ago
And even If you do manage to get the $500 fine dropped....your account will be banned!!!→ More replies (1)
u/js5ohlx1 8d ago
I've never used an air bnb, and after seeing some of this shit on here, I have no interest in using one.→ More replies (6)
u/dfddfsaadaafdssa 8d ago
It used to be okay but I went back to hotels in like 2019 and don't regret it all. The audacity of some of the Airbnb owners is beyond ridiculous. It can end up being more expensive than a hotel and just isn't worth it.→ More replies (3)
u/waitwheresmychalupa 7d ago
It used to be much better privacy-wise, and it’s gotten way more expensive in the last few years. Now that I can stay at a super nice hotel for less than an air bnb, it definitely doesn’t feel worth it anymore.→ More replies (1)
u/Jennyferr0412 7d ago
It's also all the amenities that a hotel has. Spa, room service, restaurants, fitness facility, concierge, turn down, housekeeping, all that stuff. All for less.
Meanwhile you rent at an AirBnB and this is the stuff you have to deal with or worry about. Cameras recording you, possibly in the bathroom or bedroom hidden away, or all the labor you have to do. You get charged like a 150-200 dollar "cleaning fee" and are expected to still deep clean some person's house. It just isn't worth it.
It sucks cause they do have their uses if you travel with a family but personally I'll still use hotels.→ More replies (3)
u/c4pt1n54n0 8d ago
"I don't know what could possibly have happened to your camera/all electronics in the neighborhood right as I coincidentally uh, plugged my suitcase into the wall to recharge..."→ More replies (1)→ More replies (4)
u/Mackheath1 7d ago
I arrived to an AirBnB that didn't exist after full payment and I have yet to be paid. A lengthy go-between and the only thing they did was remove it from their site in the end. No refund, nothing.→ More replies (3)→ More replies (20)
u/ChrisRunsTheWorld 8d ago
Also, tripping the breaker it's on wouldn't be unplugging it.→ More replies (6)
u/smoke04 8d ago •
Guys… I want to fill you in on a secret. Hotels are fucking great. No chores or texting some guy. No hidden cameras. You can bang all over the beds
u/BoltgunOnHisHip 7d ago
If you're passing through Nevada, casino hotels are dirt cheap, too. They expect you to gamble, but that's their problem. I'm just here for the $40/night hotel room that isn't full of bugs.
u/SuperFLEB 7d ago
Huh. I thought the whole "Club cards let them target actual spenders", among other things, took the shine off casino perks and deals.
u/BoltgunOnHisHip 7d ago
Nah man, Laughlin's still amazingly cheap, provided you don't mind not seeing another person under the age of 50 and a vague yet pervasive aura of depression and a feeling that you've time warped back to 1976.
There's a hotel there that still serves steak diane.
u/SuperFLEB 7d ago
Well, hell, I've got my own aura of depression, I love a good time warp, and I suppose I don't have much problem with over-50s. I'll have to start looking at fares.→ More replies (4)→ More replies (12)
u/Tom1252 7d ago
Steak Diane, thank you for introducing me to that. That looks fucking amazing.→ More replies (3)→ More replies (17)
u/alt_account_6 7d ago
Good luck finding one for that price unless you have offers (i.e, you're a gambler) that isnt a shithole. I have stayed in many garbage casino hotels in Nevada so i have experience. Shout out to gsr and the sahara by the way
u/soundboythriller 7d ago
Literally don’t get why people still book airbnbs/vrbos when you see shit like this all the time. Not to mention all the bs fees.→ More replies (25)
u/Gowalkyourdogmods 7d ago
Air BNB made sense years ago and still works if you're renting a whole house or something. But with all the bullshit fees now I've just found it cheaper to grab a hotel if I only need a single room or such.→ More replies (3)
u/CastIron_Bookworm 7d ago
They can be really cheap if they're renting out multiple rooms in a single house, kinda hostel style. Mine was half the price of any hotels around
u/Goldenrah 7d ago
Yeah, cheaper if you have lots of people to rent a house for a day or two. A lot more expensive if you are going alone or with just another person.→ More replies (1)
u/Industrialpainter89 7d ago
Yeah I don't know how people are still comfortable paying way more for a space than a hotel that they are still responsible for cleaning and paying a cleaning fee.→ More replies (21)
u/bdiddy_ 7d ago
some places legit don't have hotels.. Especially spots that are like on rivers and lakes and cooler areas.
It sucks because all these investors bought up a lot of condos and stuff that use to be handled like hotels and made them bnbs.→ More replies (1)→ More replies (61)
u/bain_de_beurre 7d ago
I always stay at a hotel, even if it's more expensive because I won't support something that robs local hard working folks from a decent place to live. I live in a city where people frequently vacation and the Airbnb's have taken over our rentals so there's nothing left for residents; the majority of rental properties are short term vacation rentals. A tiny studio apartment in my city has been inflated to $2000 a month because there are just no long term rentals available anymore.
Airbnb is a goddamn cancer when left unchecked. My city is slowly starting to impose regulations around vacation rentals but it's too little too late and too many places are just "grandfathered" in. If you want to actually live and work here, you're fucked.→ More replies (3)
u/ben-jpeg 8d ago
is having the camera in the room legal??
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u/keliix06 8d ago
Only if this room is part of a shared area between OP and people who are part of a separate party and renting, or the owners. If OP has rented this as part of their private accommodations it is almost certainly not legal.
Hotels can have cameras in lobbies and hallways. They cannot have them in guest rooms. Same rules apply here.→ More replies (5)
u/AlligatorTree22 8d ago
They still can't record audio unless the person recording is part of the conversation in a one party consent state. They can't record audio in a two party consent state unless both parties know about the recording.
This is an illegal recording device no matter where it is in the ABNB.→ More replies (26)
u/Curious-Welder-6304 8d ago
It could still be recording audio
u/hell0000nurs3 8d ago
Definitely if it’s a ring camera there is audio→ More replies (16)
u/AlligatorTree22 8d ago
This is what everyone seems to be missing in this thread. It's recording audio and video. I don't think that's legal in any US states (quick google did me no good). If you're in a one or two party consent state, this is an illegal recording device based on it recording audio.
People keep talking about ABNB terms of service and "common areas" and that simply doesn't matter in this case because of the audio recording alone.→ More replies (6)
u/Unkle_Argyle 8d ago
You’re not wrong. When my wife and I were looking for homes, we had one showing and our realtor told us they have cameras in the house. According to him, legally they were not supposed to be on or recording because we did not actually agree to being recorded and they did not have permission to record. He still advised us to “watch what we say” because chances are we were being watched. Unfortunately in that situation there wasn’t much to do about it.→ More replies (9)
u/piefanart 8d ago
report it to airbnb as well as your bank. odds are airbnb wont do anything about it but your bank will.
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u/n00dl3s54 8d ago
Just what can or will a bank do??
u/allthingsvw 8d ago
If it's a credit card, they'll charge back. Some banks will as well.→ More replies (44)
u/ihahp 8d ago
Just be aware that AirB&B, or anyone you do a chargeback with, is allowed to never let you use that service again. I don't know what AirB&B's policy is on chargebacks, but it's possible you'll never be able to rent through it again if you issue a chargeback.
u/SpiderTechnitian 7d ago
Google will straight up nuke your account if you charge something back. Your photos your Gmail account with all of your emails and your signins to everything. They will literally nuke all of it if you charge back something from the Google store.
I think it's worth mentioning as an example→ More replies (21)
u/ohrofl 7d ago
Weird, I remember charging back some app last year and nothing happened to my google account.→ More replies (2)
u/SpiderTechnitian 7d ago
Google store is their hardware store, Google Nest and Pixel phones etc. Several hundred dollar chargebacks that go directly to them. Not a few dollars in an app subscription where they only get a 30% cut→ More replies (18)
u/droomph 8d ago
Also there’s a chance you’ll get denied the chargeback by your issuer/whatever if you don’t show proof of AirB&B ghosting you first, or otherwise refusing to make it right (like offering a $2 credit for something that’s clearly worth $100 in damages). It really depends but do you really want to take that chance.→ More replies (3)→ More replies (7)
u/2_trailerparkgirls 8d ago
Cancel payment, charge back, dispute and refund. The bank can be your friend→ More replies (8)
u/Klumaverik 8d ago
That's the fake one to lull you into a sense of comfort.
u/Dr_Banana_Hammock 8d ago
The real camera is in a hollowed-out mallard on Jim’s desk.→ More replies (2)
u/semper-noctem 8d ago
And in his pen.→ More replies (1)→ More replies (4)
u/Dino_Spaceman 8d ago
Yup. Where there is one blatant like that, almost certainly there is a nanny cam or two elsewhere.→ More replies (2)
u/InnumerableKalpas 8d ago
I'd be helicoptering incessantly, fully nude, right in front of the mirror.
u/Invader_Mars 8d ago
That’s what they want→ More replies (3)
u/SoundImmediate5884 8d ago
In this case I give the people what they thought they wanted. Careful what you wish for.→ More replies (1)
u/Stakbrok 7d ago
Just know that you're also giving 120,000,000 other people what they want. 🤷♂️→ More replies (1)
u/hotchemistryteacher 8d ago
And the owner would just be fapping away→ More replies (1)
u/devonthed00d 8d ago
I’d fap to him fapping while watching me fap. Fap-ception→ More replies (2)
u/Intelligent_Block_95 8d ago
Give ‘em a full spread too for good measure→ More replies (4)
u/autocorrectfool 8d ago
The old Chocolate Starfish→ More replies (9)
u/SweetAndSourShmegma 8d ago
Or as it's otherwise known, the ol' Patrick in the pooper.→ More replies (20)
u/flyingj59901 8d ago
Time for a glass bottom boat ride!
u/Adrianhasarrived 8d ago
Honestly, hotels just seem better nowadays
u/ModStrangler4 7d ago
Safer too! You don’t have to worry about a previous renter coming in at night using a set of keys he duplicated and raping you, which has literally happened in AirBnBs before!→ More replies (1)
u/ConstantlyAngry177 7d ago
Airbnb is responsible for the housing crisis we find ourselves in. Real estate companies pushing out local tenants in favor of tourists. Stop supporting Airbnb.
u/BicycleParking5977 7d ago
Where I'm from people bought up houses and apartments in low income areas to list on airbnb, so there are even fewer affordable options for folks, and they're really shitty airbnbs.→ More replies (16)
u/Mylaptopisburningme 7d ago
And in my area I have million dollar empty homes. They bought them as investments, for family or if they come on vacation. I have 3 homes on my block empty for 3+ years. I never see anyone. Chinese owned.→ More replies (3)
u/ARM_vs_CORE 7d ago
It's literally cheaper in most cases and you get dedicated cleaning staff so you don't have to clean yourself. It's ridiculous people keep trying to use Air BnB→ More replies (2)
u/dragonrider1965 8d ago edited 8d ago
Stop using Airbnb , use a hotel . Enjoy the maid service and not worrying about creepy hosts
u/80worf80 8d ago
Or bedbugs. Major hotels will shut down the entire floor if there is a sighting. Air bnb owners? Not so much...→ More replies (2)
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u/dsmithpl12 8d ago
It's actually not really that crazy. AirBnB, and uber both have the same problem. There was an entire economy and industry built around providing a service (providing a room for travelers, and local travel). Some 'investor' came along and said: "you know what, I wonder if there is a way I could inject myself into the middle of that and get paid just to match people?" Then they sank literally billions of dollars to build the gig economy and ran it at a massive loss to ensure it would be cheap. Because who the hell would pay hotel rates to stay at a strangers house?? Who in their right mind is going to get into some strangers car and trust that they won't get raped?? Cheap people that's who. Now they are trying to turn a profit and the cost of everything is sky rocketing back to where they should be for providing those services.
u/winqu 7d ago
There was a precursor to Airbnb and that was Couch Surfing. It grew a community of strangers inviting strangers into their home offering a more local experience. You'd sleep on their couch/spare bed if they had one. Of course you'd be offered all their amenities. It was also an offer for those who weren't just looking for package/beach holidays but, more of an "authentic" local experience. The idea that you could really experience what it's like living in another country. It was the travelling backpackers dream in 1 website. Cheap place to sleep, do laundry, meet/hang out with locals etc.
Airbnb was similar to this at the start. It had people just renting out an extra room. I got to meet some cool people swapping stories. Then this group splintered as not everyone both (host/renter) sides didn't really want much contact. Which is fine but this group of no contact hosts set a certain expections that basically drove away people who just wanted to rent a spare room and meet new people away from airbnb. I stayed with a host a few times and started to become friends with them over 3 trips. On the 4th trip was looking forward to staying with them again to see they had removed their home off the platform. I sent them a message on FB about it. They told me how they had a few nightmare experiences and didn't want to deal with people who were treating them like a hotel. I was sad by that but it was cool to be able to have dinner with them again when I did visit the area.
This no contact group then split further into people who'd rent out whole apartments/holiday homes. That's when the cottage industry formed around airbnb. People learned they could make more than being a landlord. x10 to x100 times the monthly rent of the area with no downside of being a landlord. Airbnb will back you up because they need to keep your property on the app. There's even a cottage industry of management companies for airbnb hosts. They take % of earnings and handle bookings, cleanings and advertising. They'll promise hosts $xx,xxx garunteed yearly income and all they hand over their keys to the office.→ More replies (2)→ More replies (10)
u/Saroffski 7d ago
This is exactly it. And now they are doing that to mental health too, all these companies like “Better Help” Headway, Alma those are all corporations trying to make a profit and be the middle man and then spike up the price later→ More replies (1)
u/smogop 8d ago
Yeah, pretty much starting to do this as Airbnb costs are out of control.
u/adamfps 8d ago
Fees added brings it it $230/night
I have to clean the place, run the dishes, run the laundry, and take out the garbage.
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u/CrystalSplice 7d ago
Also, enjoy fucking the people who bought up the housing inventory with the intent of renting it out. Perhaps they shouldn't have been so careless with their investments.
u/ShowMeTheTrees 8d ago edited 7d ago •
Use of cameras and recording devices
To help provide Hosts and guests with peace of mind, security measures like security cameras and noise monitoring devices are allowed, as long as they are clearly disclosed in the listing description and don’t infringe on another person’s privacy. Rules about devices apply to all cameras, recording devices, smart devices, and monitoring devices.
What we do allow
- Disclosed devices monitoring only public spaces and common spaces: Devices that allow for viewing or monitoring of only a public space (ex: a front door or a driveway) or a common space that are clearly identified and disclosed ahead of a reservation are permitted. Common spaces do not include sleeping areas or bathrooms.
What we don’t allow
- Concealed and undisclosed devices monitoring common spaces: Any device monitoring a common space should be installed in a visible manner and disclosed in the listing description.
- Devices located in or monitoring private spaces: Devices should never monitor private spaces (ex: bedrooms, bathrooms, or common areas that are being used as sleeping areas, like a living room with a sofa bed). Disconnected devices are allowed as long as they are turned off and proactively disclosed to guests.
We're here to help
If you or someone else feels threatened or unsafe, please first contact local law enforcement authorities for assistance. Additionally, if you witness or experience behavior that goes against our policies, please let us know.
EDIT thank you for the starry award!
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u/briarpatch_ 7d ago
Yes this is literally a PRIVATE SPACE this is not a common place shared with other guests. This is a 1br 1ba yalll. Lmao→ More replies (36)
u/antikotah 8d ago
Can you turn the mirror around and prop it up on a chair or something? It can look at itself and you arent tampering.
But still report it.
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u/cooperpoopers 8d ago
10$ there at least one more hidden camera in that room.
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u/cherrylpk 8d ago
Probably opposite the mirror so they can get a full view. Creepy. Check the mirrors for being double-sided as well.
u/MadBliss 7d ago
Would be hilarious if the full length mirror was double sided and the owner is crouched down behind it. You just move it slightly and he's there with his hand in his pants. 😂😂😂😂→ More replies (3)
u/Financial-Pie2221 8d ago
Call me crazy, but don’t use Air B&B’s. From the fact people buy up houses for the single purpose of using it as an unregulated hotel, to the ridiculous cleaning fees, to the fact paranoid owners fill the property with enough cameras, motion sensors and microphones to make any sting operation jealous. Just don’t use them.
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u/KwamesCorner 7d ago
I’ll never stay in Airbnb’s again. I’ve had similar experiences as well as extortion from hosts who claimed I committed thousands in dollars of damages that were completely made up. Months of back and forth emails with Airbnb for a week long stay. No thanks.
u/D1rtyL4rry 8d ago
Protip: turn the lights off, put your phone camera in selfie mode and scan the house for infrared signals. This will detect hidden cameras relatively reliably.
If you’re skeptical, test it out with your TV remote by holding down a button and you’ll see the infrared show up on the selfie camera
u/Tapurisu 8d ago
Only works if the camera has infrared lights for night vision. If it's a daytime camera you won't see it→ More replies (13)
u/Knotimpressed 8d ago
This is kinda bad advice since indoor cameras (esp. hidden ones) don't have IR lights; if you put a paper towel/toilet paper tube up to your eye (look through it) and then sine your phone flashlight right next to the tube, the light will reflect off of shiny surfaces, like camera lenses. There'll be false positives, but if there any any hidden cameras you'll have a much much better chance of finding them.
If that description was confusing just look up "how to find hidden cameras toilet paper tube" and the videos should make it pretty clear.
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u/watermooses 8d ago
Yeah or just wear a headlight. When camping you can see all the spiders every fucking where at night cause their eyes reflect the light right back at your eyes. They just look like little dew drops but if you walk up to it and investigate it’s always a spider.→ More replies (2)
u/cpip122803 7d ago
I had no idea how many spiders there were in the grass until I started using a headlamp on evening walks!! They are everywhere!→ More replies (11)
u/TactualTransAm 8d ago
I've never heard of this, thank you for the advice
u/-Terrible-Extreme- 8d ago
Cameras are only allowed in communal public spaces within the residence. They cannot be in private areas such as bathrooms or bedrooms.
You can absolutely report this with supporting evidence (photos or videos) and they will act accordingly.
Don't let that shit slip, report this immediately
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u/crackeddryice 7d ago edited 7d ago
I just stay in hotels. I've seen too many posts on Reddit about this sort of creepy shit.
Also, I expect that the owners of these properties are not insured nearly as well as they should be, so they're paranoid the guests will wreck the place and they'll have to pay out of pocket to repair it.
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u/NerdFarming 7d ago
There was a period when I preferred an AirB&B to a hotel but that window closed a while ago.
u/FurryThug 7d ago
Fuck airBnB. Full stop.
u/IonicGrandeur 7d ago
He’s a ten, but he bites his fingernails
u/briarpatch_ 7d ago
Omg stoppppp reading me I’m so insecure
u/ClassiFried86 7d ago
As a security/cam dude, don't stay anywhere this exists.... I've never put a cam in someone's home in living spaces, and I've got 20 years in.
Commercial, they're everywhere (but the bathrooms)
Air B&B? They're everywhere (and also the bathrooms)... Gross.
u/Apprehensive_Size484 8d ago
Technically putting post-it notes over the lens is tampering with it. Let the AirBnB know what that host is doing, and also make sure to mention it, along with posting a picture of it, in your review.
u/motion_lotion 8d ago
So? Technically a note saying they're charging 500$ for tampering with their invasive camera is not some legally binding contract. Your bank will throw the charge out. AirBNB might, but the bank will for sure.→ More replies (15)
u/suzuka_joe 8d ago
This is why I refuse to use air bnb
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u/LoudTill7324 8d ago
That’s the decoy camera. Good luck finding the other ones. - sincerely your host
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u/TheSundaeSlide 7d ago
Quit using Airbnb, folks. It's that simple. Overpriced bullshit anyway.
u/spasticseer 8d ago
I'm proud to say I've never used Airbnb, and I will never use them. They swallow up housing that people could be living in and contribute nothing. Sorry, but I don't feel sorry for anyone who uses their service. If they don't care about the community, why would they care about you?
u/sailor_rose 7d ago
Fuck Airbnb I'll never use one again. 100$ a night but then 250$ cleaning fee oh and you have to empty all the trashes then replace the bags, put all the blankets and sheets in the wash, vacuum, sweep, scrub the walls, and apply a new coat of paint.→ More replies (1)
u/kurt667 8d ago
Looks like there’s maybe another camera right behind you on the wall there……?!? The white box thing next to the wood signs…
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u/CheesyParadise 7d ago
"Airbnb prohibits security cameras or recording devices that are in or that observe private spaces like bedrooms, bathrooms, or sleeping areas. You must indicate the presence of all security cameras or other recording devices in or around a listing, even if they're not turned on or hooked up."
I think they would love it if you reported the property owner to them :)
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u/macrophyte 8d ago
I think you can report this, my father-in-law said cameras weren't allowed in his Airbnb. This seems crazy.