#Airbnb host fined $5,000 for discriminating against Asian guest

An Airbnb host who made a racist remark when cancelling a guest’s reservation must pay $5,000 (£3,850) compensation and complete a university-level course in Asian American studies.

Tami Barker, from California, must also apologise to the guest, volunteer with a civil rights organisation and “appear in a public education event.”
Barker rented her cabin in Big Bear Lake, a popular ski destination in California, through Airbnb. She cancelled a guest’s booking on 17 February, saying she refused to rent to Asians.

Law student Dyne Suh, had reserved the cabin in February for herself, her boyfriend and two friends, but was told by Barker minutes before their arrival that, “I wouldn’t rent it to u if u were the last person on earth,” she wrote in a text. “One word says it all. Asian.”

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“It’s why we have Trump,” she added. “I will not allow this country to be told what to do by foreigners.”