A man has recently come forward publicly to outline the events surrounding the death of his father two years ago. He has done this in hopes of alerting people to the dangers of renting vacation accommodations from sites like Airbnb.
According to Zak Stone, his family rented a home in Austin two years ago with the intention of celebrating Thanksgiving. Among the amenities in the home was a swing hanging from a tree outside. Stone’s father tried the swing out and ultimately lost his life.
Stone explains the events as follows:
The family found a cottage for rent on Airbnb. The Austin cottage was pictured on the site and the family found it to be attractive. The family noticed the inviting swing hanging lazily from a tree, and Stone’s father decided to give it a try on Thanksgiving morning. As the man’s weight was placed in the swing, the trunk it was tied to broke and fell on the man’s head. The blow caused most of the man’s brain activity to cease immediately.
Stone debated about going public with the story but has felt obligated to do so. He cautions against renting vacation homes and apartments from sites such as Airbnb. Unlike legitimate hotels, motels and bed and breakfasts, none of the listings on these sites have been vetted for safety. They are merely listed as available to renters.
While Airbnb does provide safety guidelines, there are no rules in place to be sure that those offering their homes for rent are complying with these guidelines. It is up to the customer to look for safety issues once they arrive on the property if they choose to do so. It is important for people to remember that by renting from sites such as this, they are doing so at their own risk.
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