An Airbnb with This Many Rules Is No Longer a Vacation

There are practical guidelines and then there is this.

Screenshots via TikTok
Screenshots via TikTok
Screenshots via TikTok

The Airbnb economy is a tough one. What started out as a way to share an extra room for a bit of extra cash exists as entirely something else now. People have turned vacation rentals into their full-time jobs, investing in properties with the sole purpose of converting them into short-term rentals. This has created this space between private property and hotels where rules can be ambiguous. That ambiguity can lead to all sorts of mishaps and weird happenings, including property owners who are very afraid of the guests they are renting too.

That was the case with Becky Levin Navarro’s recent experience at a vacation rental where rules were posted literally everywhere. “Y’all I don’t get it,” Navarro captioned a video that has been viewed nearly 4 million times on TikTok. “We stayed at an airbnb / vrbo house with another family over the weekend. The rules displayed all over the house just killed me. It seemed like every room and every surface had a note. It almost felt like it wasn’t a vacation with So. Many. Rules.”Navarro isn’t exaggerating. The video is over one minute long and displays a seemingly endless number of labeled rules posted to the microwave, countertops, furniture, everything. The space looked like a micromanager’s personal fantasy.

“Sounds like they shouldn’t be renting out their house,” one commenter noted. I agree. If you’ve got such delicate furniture, surfaces, and appliances, why are you letting strangers in that space? You’re bound to be disappointed and your guests will feel more like they’re at military school than they feel like they’re on vacation. It’s a lose-lose for everyone involved.

“This is what I imagine staying at Schrute Farms would be like,” someone else, obviously a fan of The Office, noted.

Some shelves in the kitchen had labels like “These shelves are for owners use only” and a potted cactus has a rather self-evident sign instructing guests to not touch the plant. It goes beyond excessive. Even the doors had labelmaker rules applied to them. There’d likely be fewer rules if you spent the night at the White House. 

“My vacation is over before I finish reading all the rules,” one person concluded.Want more Thrillist? Follow us on InstagramTikTokTwitterFacebookPinterest, and YouTube.

Opheli Garcia Lawler is a Staff Writer on the News team at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @opheligarcia and Instagram @opheligarcia.


Mad Mex’s New Menu Item Is Inspired by a Popular Mexican Street Food

mad mex chicken al pastor

Mexican restaurant chain Mad Mex has dropped a new protein, and it’s one of the most popular street foods in Mexico.

Enter, Chicken Al Pastor. It’s traditionally made with pork and grilled on a spinning rotisserie with a pineapple sitting a top, but Mad Mex has put its own spin on it, serving chicken bathed in an Al Pastor marinade with a touch of juicy pineapple.

You can order the protein-packed filling in your favourite burrito, bowl, quesadilla, nachos, or in a taco.

As always, these things are here for a good time, not a long time. Pop into your local Mad Mex restaurant, order delivery or through the Mad Mex app today.

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