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Airbnb bans member who kicked out gay couple

Airbnb under scrutiny for illegal advertising. Image by Gustavo da Cunha Pimenta / CC BY-SA 2.0.
Airbnb bans user for discrimination. Image by Gustavo da Cunha Pimenta / CC BY-SA 2.0

Homeshare service Airbnb has banned a user after renters complained that they were kicked out of a rental unit for being gay. After Jonathan Wang and his partner checked into their Airbnb in Galveston, TX, they left for a wedding reception. Upon their return, they say they were confronted by the rental unit’s owner, who asked where Wang’s wife was. When he explained that he did not have a wife, Wang says the owner asked the couple to leave. Airbnb says it has a ‘zero tolerance policy for discrimination’, and the user has been banned from the site. Wang was issued a refund for the rental. Read more: travelpulse.com