UK: A pair of UK-based YouTuber pranksters have gone viral after they were able to circumvent Airbnb’s vetting protocols to list a doll’s house on the home-sharing platform.
Josh Pieters and Archie Manners, who have more than 1.46 million subscribers to their eponymous channel, took photographs of the interior of a Georgian-era doll’s house, owned by Emma Waddell, and uploaded them to Airbnb, before listing them as part of a townhouse based in Clapham, London.
The duo also left clues to the actual size of the house by strategically placing a water bottle in the doll’s house and deliberately photographing their reflections in a mirror.
Despite the hints, Pieters and Manners were able to successfully list the doll’s house as a townhouse on Airbnb’s platform, even earning around £3,000 in bookings [with the listing priced at £87 per night], before they returned the deposits.
They said the purpose of the video was to test Airbnb’s listing processes and to learn how robust its checks were when it came to addressing scam or fraudulent listings
The YouTube video has so far been viewed more than 475,000 times and had more than 27,000 likes.
The pair have previously duped celebrities including political commentator Katie Hopkins and Carole Baskin, one of the stars of Netflix mini-series Tiger King.
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