The sharing economy has its upsides: it provides affordable goods and services to people who need them, and it gives laborers avenues to generate income. But its downsides are well-documented and impossible to avoid entirely - especially if you're a woman trying to stay safe while side hustling. One woman recently had an Airbnb guest turn her life upside down - and the company did barely anything to help.
Alavia Khawaja's tweet thread about a dangerous guest has gone viral, as people are shocked by the story's disturbing details and Airbnb's disappointing response. The man insisted he couldn't stay with other men, which was the only red flag. It quickly became apparent why.