Shock As Couple Find Hidden Camera in Airbnb: 'Heard It Clicking'

An ex-casino worker shocked the internet after revealing he found a half-hidden camera at the Airbnb he was staying at with his girlfriend.

In a post shared on Reddit on Sunday, the man, under the username u/_Atoms_Apple explained that he only discovered the camera when it clicked right after he came out of the shower with his girlfriend, saying it is possible it also filmed them while being intimate.

He said: "[I] felt super violated. Took a bunch of pics of it, unplugged it, reported to [Airbnb], and got a hotel room instead."

In an IPX1031 survey of 2,000 Americans who have stayed in an Airbnb, conducted in 2019, 58 percent of guests said they worried about hidden cameras, and 11 percent of respondents said they have actually discovered a hidden camera in an Airbnb.

A spokesperson for Airbnb was contacted for a right of reply. They said: "Airbnb does not allow any 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."

They also do not allow devices located in or monitoring private spaces, adding: "Devices should never monitor private spaces (e.g. bedrooms, bathrooms or common areas that are being used as sleeping areas, such as a living room with a sofa bed). Disconnected devices are allowed as long as they are turned off and proactively disclosed to guests."

In a later update, the poster said that police were called on the non-emergency line, but after over 20 hours of waiting, they still hadn't heard from a detective.

In his most recent update, the poster said that Airbnb has refunded their money and "allegedly removed the host from the site forever," adding that he's looking into how a lawsuit would work since he lives out of state.

He said: "Hopefully something will happen. My father is a lawyer and has told me it would be difficult to win any real amount of money to make it worth the time, but if it made me feel better I could at least make the dudes' life pretty difficult. I'm petty so that's still on the table."

The post which was first shared on the r/mildlyinfuriating subreddit has received over 105,000 upvotes and 6,200 comments, and most users think this is way worse than just mildly infuriating.

One user said: "That is an Arlo camera. The power cord would only be recharging the battery but unplugging it just sets it to using battery mode (most models). Just so you are aware (source - I use Arlo for my home security setup).

"That click you hear is it engaging because motion was detected, that's what set these off. Unfortunately, when the motion is detected, a recording gets stored in the users' app. I would highly recommend contacting law enforcement and filing a report. If camera use was not disclosed on the listing, they have recorded content of you without your consent."

A second commented: "This isn't MILDLY infuriating. This is a crime."

While a third said: "First thing I do when I go into AirBnbs [is] look for cameras. Like a nut! Never found one but I know someone who has so, I look."

And a fourth commenter suggested: "What I do is always bring a travel router. Unplug the provided router and use your own. That way any WiFi cameras they have [gone] offline."

Newsweek reached out to u/_Atoms_Apple for comment. We could not verify the details of the case.

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A stock image shows a hidden camera in the living room. A man has sparked outrage on the internet after revealing hi found a hidden camera in his Airbnb room. Getty Images