A TikToker has come under fire recently for posting a video claiming the Dallas Airbnb she stayed in was a “trap house,” or a residency known to sell illegal drugs. The video, which was posted by Jazlyn Soler (user @jazmarisol1), shows a sparsely decorated Airbnb that Jazlyn claims she rented for $20.
“When you book an Airbnb for $20 in Dallas but you end up in a Traphouse so you immediately leave and book a hotel,” she writes in the video, which has received more than 90,000 views. In the caption, she adds “This was a horrific experience.”
TikTokers were quick to ridicule Jazlyn for referring to what appeared to be a normal living space as a “trap house.”
“That’s definitely not a trap house,” wrote one user.
“You ever been in a trap before?” asked another. Many agreed with this idea, with one user saying, “The immediate realization that no one in this group has ever stepped foot in a trap house.”
Others criticized Jazlyn for expecting more from a $20 Airbnb.
“Bro what did you expect for 20$,” questioned a TikToker.
“There’s like 5 adults there and you got a $20 air bnb just to complain and get a hotel,” shared another. “Why are y’all like this?”
“For $20 you should’ve got an actual trap house,” added a further TikTok user. “Y’all got lucky.”
Jazlyn claims the Airbnb was located in the Bishop Arts District of Dallas, which some commenters claim is a genuinely dangerous area. However, others said that the area isn’t as bad as many make it out to be.
“I stayed in that area for $50 a night for 4 days place looked close to this. I came from south Texas, just reminded me of that,” said a user. “It’s not that bad.”
For her part, Jazlyn seems to have a good sense of humor about the situation.
“I’ll record the drug deal nxt time, srry bby Gwrls,” she writes in the comments, seeming to imply that she saw a drug deal take place near the building. But as a user pointed out in response, “That’s still not what a trap house looks like.”
As one user wrote in the comments, “That’s one nice trap house to me — nicest one I seen!”
Jazlyn did not immediately respond to Daily Dot’s request for comment via TikTok comment and Instagram DM. Airbnb did not immediately respond to Daily Dot’s request for comment via email.
Update March 14, 7:36am CT: An Airbnb spokesperson pointed the Daily Dot toward the guest refund policy and said: “Our team has been in contact with the guest and will take appropriate action in accordance to our policies. We expect Hosts to accurately describe their listings and adhere to our Host Standards.“
Update 7:46pm CT, March 14: Jazlyn told the Daily Dot that she did not expect the TikTok to take off in the way it did—and that her video was missing some key details about what actually happened near the Airbnb.
She said that after being harassed by a group of men outside the location asking “probing questions,” the group arrived at the Airbnb to discover a mess.
“Upon arrival at the apartment we smelled illegal substances being smoked, lots of alcohol bottles scattered about and both neighbors playing loud music,” she told the Daily Dot. “Downstairs there were men in a corner doing what seemed to be some drug deals.”
While Jazlyn says that in some circumstances this would be manageable, “after our over 5 hour drive, we were hungry and just wanted to sleep, but that wouldn’t be possible with our current situation.” Because of this, the group decided to book a hotel.
As far as the Airbnb itself is concerned, Jazlyn said, however, that commenters were right to point out how nice the property was. “In the video you can even hear [my] friend exclaim how cute the blue mirror in the room is!” She continued that the problems were outside the apartment. “The outside… was the actual issue,” she said, adding that she didn’t record what was happening outside the apartment for “safety reasons.”
The actual cost given in the video was also a misunderstanding, she said. “The reason you see ‘$20’ on the video is due to the breakdown of number [of] days [times] number of people and ignoring the taxes and fees etc,” she explained.
Jazlyn said she deleted the TikTok account to curb further misunderstanding and that she’s resolving the issue with Airbnb personally. “I’m just glad that we’re having the conversation with Airbnb,” she said. “I’ve booked many airbnbs and have had mostly good experiences.”
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