Recently, my roommate has been MIA. A lot. And because I miss her so dearly, I can’t stop thinking about her…and dreaming about her vacant room. Living in the Silicon Valley and constantly being reminded of all the entrepreneurial things I could be doing, I can’t help but occasionally consider how profitable it might be to put her room up on Airbnb. Because I love my roommate and can’t think of anyone I’d rather live with, I would never actually go through with this money-making scheme. However, in honor of my favorite day of the year, I decided to tickle my fancy. Of course, not without my partner in crime (my other roommate) and some of our amazing friends.
Here’s how it went down:
My roommate received a voicemail from a prospective lodger. There are no words to quite capture the essence. So you should just listen to it here.
My roommate received a call from a “member” of the Airbnb Photography Team. For those of you who don’t know, Airbnb offers professional photography service of spaces that are put up for rent. The company has found that the feature significantly increases interest and bookings of a given space. When she received the call, my roommate laughed and said that she felt like her roommate (that’s me) had “accidentally” provided her number instead of mine on an Airbnb posting. Of course, she was giving me more credit that I deserved as I hadn’t actually put up a post anywhere. At this point, she had a feeling this whole thing was a joke (she’s really intelligent and difficult to dupe in general).
A previous tenant of our apartment sent us a “Screen Shot” of an Airbnb posting upon which she had stumbled while doing some “business school research.” Really this was just a mockup that I created with Photoshop. The previous tenant mentioned that it looked like our place. My other, unpranked roommate and I accused our pranked roommate for having tried to prank us. This completely threw her off (#meta). This led to an unforeseen but wonderful subplot, in which I could email the group and say, “No, it wasn’t us. But, wow, I wish I had we had thought of this prank. It is brilliant.”
Our “landlady” (really just another friend) left my roommate a message apologizing for having put her room up on Airbnb without her consent. After the profuse apology, she suggested that my roommate speak with both me and my other roommate before complaining to Airbnb.
My roommate is confused about the whole situation. And until it’s all cleared up she…is not coming back to our place. Which brings us full circle. Open room tonight — anyone need a place to stay?
Update 7:00 AM, April 2
I came outside our apartment to see a (harmless?) homeless man sleeping on the sidewalk next to our garage. Feeling like my orange pants were screaming enough for both of us, I just looked at him then walked away. While that certainly wins me negative roommate points, I made up for it with a warning to the group via text.