In every vacation, we always look forward to a comfortable and relaxing place to put our feet up after roaming around. This couple from Indiana had an unfortunate experienced while on a trip to Florida after they discovered two hidden cameras in their rented Airbnb room. One camera was placed in their bedroom, while the other was in the living room. Derek Starnes, the husband, immediately called the police when he noticed something suspicious about the smoke detector in the bedroom.
The suspect who planted the hidden cameras was identified as Wayne Natt, 56, who has been living in the building for two years and was the host of the room that the Starnes couple rented. According to Lt. Robert Bourque of the Longboat Key Police Department, the suspect had been accommodating tourists for about two years as an Airbnb host.
Starnes shared that he and his wife were both anxious as they believe that the suspect might have seen them walking around naked. Lt. Bourque questioned the property owner who said, “the cameras were used for ‘personal purposes.’”
According to reports, Wayne Natt has been charged with video voyeurism (s*xual pleasure derived from watching others engaging in something sensual). Authorities believe that Natt has been doing this to other guests that he had in the past. The victims are hoping that other people who were victimized by Natt will also come forward to prosecute him.
Airbnb has a number of branches in other countries, including the Philippines. Meanwhile, the spokesperson for Airbnb has already released a statement regarding the incident.
“We are outraged at the reports of what happened; as soon as we were made aware, we permanently banned this individual from our community and fully supported the affected guests. Our team has reached out to local law enforcement to aid them with their investigation of this egregious offense and we hope justice is served. We take privacy issues extremely seriously and have a zero-tolerance policy against this behavior.”
Although it was an awful breach of privacy, it has left a valuable lesson for everyone who rents rooms while vacationing: always inspect the place before making yourself feel at home.
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