‘Fatphobic’ Airbnb hosts refuse to allow guests over 16st to stay in cottage

Airbnb hosts in Kent have been accused of “fat phobia” after banning anyone weighing over 16st from their property.

Zsu and Marcus rent out a £199 per night cottage called “Bobbit’s Lair” in Sandwich.

However, browsing holidaymakers spotted that the listing said that they would not allow anyone with “easting disorders” to stay due to a “maximum weight limit of 100kg”.

That means anyone weighing over 15.7 stone would not be allowed to stay in the pretty location.

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Body positivity campaigners lashed out at the cruel listing which was taken down on Tuesday morning.

However, the cottage was re-listed on Wednesday morning – September 2 – with references to eating disorders removed.

The listing did still state that there was a weight limit due to “very old oak beams” in the cottage.

Airbnb has since removed the cottage from its site stating “discrimination and bias have no place in our community.”

The hosts continue to insist that larger guests are not welcome to stay in their property.

When approached for comment, they said: “We had someone ask about the bath size then how wide the doors were.

“We said 'not suitable for disabled guests’.

“Then the penny dropped once they booked we had to cancel as the cottage could have got seriously damaged during 'their' stay.

"Understand the pictures are wide angle, bigger than average people are NOT ALLOWED TO STAY!"

Activist Lindsay McGlone, 22, called Zsu and Marcus “discriminatory” and “fatphobic”.

The size 24 South Yorkshire lass said: “When I saw the listing I couldn't believe what I was reading, I couldn't comprehend that somebody would write that.

"I shared the listing because the people who wrote it need to be held accountable because it's extremely damaging and I wanted it removed.

"Specifying a certain weight is fatphobic as it's discriminating against people who have a larger body."

She added: "They're saying they don't want fat people in their vicinity and they don't want to take fat people's money.

"It's probably come from internalised fatphobia and now they're trying to justify it by saying they've got old oak in their house.

"That doesn't take away from the fact that they're still being discriminatory, it's trying to find a way to justify what they've said. It's absolutely appalling."

The 15th century, medieval cottage features two bedrooms and a hot tub in the garden.

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An Airbnb spokesman told Daily Star Online: "Airbnb’s mission is to create a world where everyone can belong anywhere.

“Discrimination and bias have no place in our community, and we have suspended the listing while we address the matter raised.

“We enforce a strict non-discrimination policy and under our Open Doors initiative, if a guest feels they have been discriminated against, we will provide personalised support to ensure they find a place to stay.”

The company added: “When we are made aware of behaviour that may violate our policies, we investigate and take action; this can include education, a warning, suspension and/or permanent removal from the Airbnb community.”

Since 2016, Airbnb have removed 1.3million people from the site who have declined “to treat others without judgement or bias.”

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