A police investigation has revealed the truth behind a viral TikTok video, which claimed to expose multiple “hidden cameras” in a Philadelphia home.
Airbnb has become one of the most popular hotel alternatives used by travelers when they are in a new city. Instead of paying top dollar for hotels, Airbnb lets owners rent out their homes.
While the service has been a huge success, there has been the occasional horror story with guests sometimes making some serious discoveries after signing up.
On June 12, an Airbnb guest documented her own traumatic experience at a house in Philadelphia. Her story has gone viral on Twitter and she has since been investigated by a local detective as part of an investigation.
BE CAREFUL WHEN BOOKING AIR BNB! My friend and I recently stayed in an air bnb in Philly with over 10 hidden cameras throughout the house. Including the showers and the bedrooms. Some were disguised as sprinkler systems but have a camera lens. pic.twitter.com/nimx4L6koC
— 🍒 (@foxytaughtyou) June 12, 2022
Airbnb guests say they found hidden cameras in the shower
According to Twitter user ‘foxytaughtyou’, the house he checked into in Philadelphia had more than ten cameras in the showers and bedrooms, some even disguised as sprinkler systems.
The camera photos went viral on social media, racking up more than 3,000 retweets and 100,000 likes.
“We realized that these ‘sprinkler’ CAMERAS were placed in places to get a perfect view of people,” he revealed in a video. “Luckily it was a girls trip so I wasn’t having sex… but I was naked and had to change in this room.”
The air bnb was listed under a company name and we never met the owner. Every time we tried to call them, even upon our arrival, they never answered the phone. They only respond via message, so we don’t know what they look like, sound like, or if they’re male or female.
— 🍒 (@foxytaughtyou) June 12, 2022
Foxy later said he ended up going to a Philadelphia police station to report the landlord and ended up moving houses after tampering with Airbnb’s discovery.
“We reported this to them and to the police station on Friday noon and have not yet had an update on this case. We have no idea what footage this owner has and what he is doing with it,” she explained.
How we discovered hidden cameras in our bnb air…
WE WANT TO KNOW WHAT IS DONE WITH OUR PHOTOS! I NEED ANSWERS! NO UPDATES FROM AIR BNB OR FROM THE POLICE STATION!!! pic.twitter.com/X3GKuHuVL6
— 🍒 (@foxytaughtyou) June 13, 2022
This prompted a police investigation and an Airbnb spokesperson confirmed that the host has been suspended while the matter is investigated.
“Our policies strictly prohibit hidden cameras, and we took strong action in the exceptionally rare circumstances where it has been reported, including assisting law enforcement to help them hold criminals accountable,” they said. “In this case, our security team has suspended this host and removed this listing from our platform while we fully investigate this report.”
Airbnb Responds to Closure of Police Investigation
On June 14, the detective’s findings were posted to Dexerto.
An Airbnb spokesperson told us: “We thoroughly investigate this allegation as we do all security reports. Today we spoke directly with the lead detective from the Philadelphia Police Department who responded to the report and investigated the property.
“He confirmed that he found no hidden or undisclosed cameras and that the fire sprinklers had regular sprinklers. The detective also confirmed that they plan to close this case.”
The guest received a full refund.