The Cultural Insensitivity of Airbnb

Posted On 11 Apr 2016
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I love Airbnb, but the booking process is deeply culturally insensitive towards English people.

By the time we’ve penned an informal yet appropriately polite booking request (complete with apologies for potential slight inconveniences) then rewritten it multiple times to ensure we are using vocabulary and syntax that is simple enough to ensure we do not imply an assumption that everybody should have a fluent comprehension of our Mother Tongue, yet not so simple as to appear condescending and/or idiotic…some other fucker has booked it.

There should be some kind of “Hang about, I’m English” reservation button. Something that allows us a few extra minutes to compose our needlessly elaborate missive, before allowing the less-cripplingly-reserved nationalities to barge monosyllabically to the front of what should be an orderly online queue, presumably spewing punctuation and whimsically capitalising wheresoever they please.

Consider your reviews, Airbnb hosts! CONSIDER YOUR REVIEWS!

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Ed Gamester is a silly man who lives in the United Kingdom. He is the harbinger of Ghost Squad, singer of Gay Bum and author of A Rum Run Awry. He fights, kills and dies for TV and films, and gallivants around the place wrestling, drinking and lifting things for glory and profit. Where Ed treads, there stamp the boots of the Guild. Ed does not wear glasses, but feels this photograph makes him look more intelligent and artistically talented than he is. Feel free to contact him: he is disappointingly affable.

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