Edinburgh Airbnb guests told '˜don't book if you're Asian'

AN MSP has called for racist advertisments on Airbnb to be halted after an Edinburgh landlord said he would refuse to take bookings for Asian people.

Thursday, 29th March 2018, 10:39 am
Updated Thursday, 29th March 2018, 11:43 am
A landlord has been banned by Airbnb after posting a racist advert

Edinburgh landlord Stephen Sheppard advertised a room in his flat with the words “please don’t book if you are Asian”.

Airbnb has handed the landlord a lifetime ban and the advert for the Gilmerton Road flat has been removed. He justified the remark by saying he had “bad experiences” with Asian guests.

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Labour MSP Anas Sarwar, told the Daily Record that the post was “shameful”,

He said: “There can be no excuse for this shocking and shameful racism.

“It shows that we have a lot of work to do to call out and challenge everyday racism.

“I would hope Airbnb would learn from this and ensure no listings of this nature are possible in future.”

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