A woman was stunned when she discovered a discarded receipt for secret surveillance equipment – including audio recorders and hidden cameras – in the Airbnb where she was staying.
At the end of her stay, TikToker Arlen and her boyfriend stumbled upon a random receipt under the bed while they were cleaning up.
In the video, Arlen shares the entire receipt which details the address the order was shipped to and also detailed the shopping list which included a pocket keychain audio recorder, a USB stick audio recorder, a hidden camera for iPhone, hidden camera for power bank, and 16 hour voice activated recorder.
As a result, TikToker’s video went viral with over 520,000 views and led concerned viewers to tell Arlen to report this information to the police and share ways to see if the surveillance equipment was put in. square.
One person wrote: “Try a [sic] find a way to report it and take pictures … they don’t have the right to do that, it’s against the law.
“Get your money back on Airbnb, hosts are required to disclose camera [sic] and Airbnb will refund your money for it, ”another person said.
Someone else added, “Turn off all the lights and look through your phone’s camera. If there is a hidden camera, it will show on your phone as a red dot.
“Check all the furniture and see if anything’s stuck under them,” replied a fourth person.
The TikToker provided additional information in a follow-up video explaining why they were staying at an Airbnb in the first place.
She told viewers that she, her boyfriend and sister all moved from Utah to Texas two and a half months ago and stayed in an Airbnb while they sorted to get their own home .
They check in to different Airbnbs every month to get the best deal and that was the second they stayed where they found the receipt.
Although she said the place was “affordable” but said it was “our fault that we didn’t look at the neighborhood”, which she described as “insufficient”.
“As soon as we entered the house we realized that these weren’t the same photos that were posted on the website,” she adds, noting how the house was “much smaller and cramped. “.
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When she found German cockroaches in the kitchen, the TikToker asked if they could move out or get their money back, and was told there was another room downstairs in the four plex.
After living in the place for an entire month, it was not until the end of their stay that the receipt was discovered just prior to their departure.
During their cleaning up, Arlen’s boyfriend found the receipt under the bed, and Arlen lists the surveillance equipment that was ordered.
“So, these are things you would never think would register you,” she says.
She then explained that the address on the receipt was actually two blocks away from her, so she hadn’t been sent to the Airbnb, but had somehow found her way to the inside the place where she was staying.
Arlen then shared her theory on what could have happened, she said: “What happened I think was someone took the equipment over there and accidentally left it fall out because it was something that was shipped, so I’m guessing it just fell out of a box and didn’t even realize it.
Ultimately, her boyfriend and sister couldn’t find any recording equipment until they left, but Arlen noted, “These are things you can watch and not know if it’s a camera or not so it was difficult without any equipment.
However, they called an emergency number but said “they were not at all helpful”. Instead, Airbnb was “a little more helpful” and said they would contact their security team and ask for the receipt.
Since then, someone from the security team has contacted them and asked them a few more questions before saying that they will inform them of what will happen.
Indy100 has contacted Airbnb for comment.