Now that I’ve participated in the sharing economy on Airbnb.com officially, I still have to say, in keeping with my general feelings on these things – the reviews are just too much. It seems rather odd to me that I am supposed to review my customers publicly. So I generally just don’t do it – unless they review me first. And then I feel guilty to not review them, so I do. I just give everyone five stars on everything. I really don’t think it’s my job to grade my customers. Remember that saying – the customer is always right? Just seems odd that I would go around publicly shaming them. I am not even sure the actual star rankings show on their profiles – like – this guy only gets a ‘2’ of 5 on cleanliness – or whatever!
Speaking of cleaning, I sort of see all this review culture as a digital mess in need of a good bought of decluttering, Feng Shui style. Also, as a person who tends to be sensitive, I just don’t enjoy this aspect. If I know that my house is not in the city center, and the price is heavily discounted to reflect that already, and I’ve written over and over about this in the description which was obviously not read ~ well, I really don’t think it’s cool to trash my location in the rating.
My worst such rating ironically enough came from a guy who basically insisted on staying here as it was close to his work. I try to dissuade him, just because he didn’t even technically meet the age requirement for the room he wanted to book. Then he booked my other room anyway – and I knew I’d be in trouble come review time. Sure enough – he trashed me on arrival, gave me my worst ever location score (3) and cleaning score (4). And the bathroom was dirty when he left – but he was the only one who used it and stayed one week in late August and apparently never had the sense to leave the door open to air out the room after showering. And it stated clearly that if the guest was alone, the cleaning was up to the guest. (Truly I am not asking a lot for the room in the first place, so I think that is pretty reasonable.)
He also decided to use my duvet as an ironing board and every time I look at the burn marks I do feel rather irritated, remembering this is the guy who had the nerve to give me a four. Yeah, I know – flip the dang thing over each and every time and get on with my life…
Today I did finally pull my nice wood furniture from the 25+ room. It is now also scratched – like over and over again in one spot and there are like seven new melt marks or something on the surface that don’t come out, layered on top of all the water marks acquired from a series of people staying there. It already needs to be refinished – using it would make me look like a slob who didn’t care. I’ve replaced the $400 model with a $33 plastic table of the conference variety and removed my other wood from the room and the nice carpet – better just do it now rather than wait because you know if I do it will be trashed next week.
So at first I felt irritated about the furniture, but the end result makes me happy since the new set up is best for quick cleaning. And with a cost of less than Motel 6 for a night, well, there you go.
If I were to then honestly review my guests, would I write truthful comments like:
“Can’t use a coaster.”
“Likes to scratch wood surfaces with sharp objects.”
“Will take all your Kleenex, so use a short, office style box or purse packet.”
“Tiny curly dark hairs just seem to explode from his body. Have fun cleaning sucker! You’ll be finding those hairs in the dark corners and under things for months.”
“Eats four bananas a day – make sure to stock up.”
“Likes to stay out all night and party; will bring you fast food burgers by the bundle at 4 am and attempt to have you dine with him. Might ask for sex, but agreeable when turned down, so harmless really.”
“This guy might be a rapist ~ not quite sure – just make sure not to drink with him because you might not remember what happened afterward!”
“Will wake you up at any hour if he is stressed and needs someone to talk to – and you might remind him of his mother.”
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