Couple finds hidden bedroom camera in Airbnb rental

Please let this be fake.


Taylor Hatmaker


Published Jan 1, 2015   Updated May 29, 2021, 8:55 pm CDT

Being in someone else’s space is always a little weird—but not this weird. In a Reddit post on r/wtf, user zedmin shared an image of a hidden camera, supposedly concealed in a New Year’s Eve Airbnb rental where it was pointed directly at the bed. A photo attached to the thread captures the woven white basket in which the camera was hidden, “pointing out through a small hole in the mesh of the box.” Yikes. 

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On BetaBeat three months ago, Jack Smith posed this exact scenario, concluding that Airbnb isn’t equipped to handle the complex legal ramifications of a host taking home security to horrifying, porny new heights. Given that homeowners are legally entitled to secretly monitor their own homes, it’s a sticky issue, to say the least. 

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In a follow-up to the original post, the redditor assesses their options, catching onto the fact that this might be—hopefully is—somehow illegal. 

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We are praying actual prayers that this will turn out to be bogus. 

H/T BetaBeat | Photo via zedmin/Imgur  

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*First Published: Jan 1, 2015, 7:13 pm CST