this Airbnb listing of a lavish London townhouse. It may look like a stately London townhouse, and plenty of unsuspecting travelers thought so until they realized they’d been trolled. But if they had looked more closely at the pictures, they’d have kept scrolling.
UK YouTubers have racked up thousands of dollars worth of booking requests after successfully listing a doll’s house on Airbnb. A video of their impressive prank has garnered more than 350,000 views on YouTube.
London’s Archie Manners and Josh Pieters, known for their online gags, reportedly masterminded the stunt to see just how carefully “Airbnb checks their listings,” Pieters said in the clip.
The cheeky duo reportedly wanted to trick the crowds of British holiday-makers flocking to reserve accommodation aftereased.
“Archie and I thought we’d advertise one of the world’s smallest properties on one of the world’s biggest websites,” Pieters said. The pair reportedly meticulously photographed the interior of a palatial 1700s doll’s house created by famed designer Emma Waddle to fool the housing rental giant. The miniature mansion is so detailed that it includes “readable books” and “real paintings,” Pieters .
They then listed the replica as a “Luxurious London 18th Century Townhouse” with a picture of Pieters’ mother as the property’s host. However, the duo also wanted toto bust them. So they adorned the mansion with several features indicating that their house was not to scale – namely, a bank card in the bathroom and a full-sized in the hallway. One of the advert’s pictures even showed the duo’s reflection in one of the house’s mirrors.
Despite the obvious Easter eggs, Airbnb accepted the replica rental. After that, it amassed around $6000 worth of reservations. (No, the pranksters didn’t get to pocket any cash.)
Airbnb did not respond to requests for comment.
The YouTube peanut gallery was impressed that the tricksters pulled it off.
“The amount of people who just didn’t notice the water bottle is astounding,” exclaimed one awe-struck gawker of their inspiring work of forgery.
Another wrote: “It’s insane how nothing gets vetted on websites like this.”
One YouTube comedian said: “Plot twist: The buyers actually knew it was a doll’s house and just wanted their doll to have a place to stay.”
Thankfully, Manners and Pieters havetwo of them a free hotel stay as reparations, as shown in the clip. The listing has down.
The video concluded with a helpful PSA on internet scams: “Maybe it’s worth checking beforesomething online; after all, it’s the little things that matter,” Pieters said.
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