Georgia Boy Scouts arrive on empty lot after booking 2 Airbnb rentals in Florida

Troop Leader Scott Mulkey said he and 24 Boy Scouts arrived on empty land in Florida instead of their booked Airbnb rentals. George Frey / Getty Images

  • Two Georgia Boy Scout Troops traveled to The Keys for a summer getaway.

  • WSVN 7 News reported that the troops had rented two Airbnb homes to accommodate the 24 participants.

  • The group arrived on a vacant lot with no rental property to find.

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Two Georgia Boy Scout troops discovered that the Airbnb homes they were renting in Florida were nonexistent.

Troop Leader Scott Mulkey and 24 Boy Scouts are planning a trip to the Florida Keys this month for a summer getaway full of snorkeling, fishing and camping.

“It’s more of a once in a lifetime thing than most Boy Scouts do,” Mulkey told local media. WSVN 7 News Friday. “It’s just a good time for us to make memories with our scouts while we can.”

Mulkey did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

Mulkey told WSVN 7 News that Troops 5506 and 506 have booked two Airbnb rentals that can accommodate the large group. But, WSVN 7 News reported, the group sensed something was wrong with their separate bookings even before they got to the Keys.

Mulkey noticed that the two groups apparently rented the same house through different hosts, WSVN 7 News reported.

“The photos were all exactly the same, and all for Big Pine Key,” he told the outlet.

WSVN 7 News reported that the groups decided to go ahead with their plans after contacting Airbnb and the hosts and being informed that the rentals were legitimate.

But when they arrived on Thursday all they found was wasteland surrounded by mangroves and swamps.

Mulkey recounted his shock in videos shared on Twitter.

“It’s supposed to be a brand new house near the beach,” Mulkey said in a video. “Explain to me, how is this not a fraud?” There is no house here. There is no address here. There is absolutely nothing here. What exactly are we supposed to rent? “

An Airbnb spokesperson told Insider the groups will get a full refund.

“We are so sorry that both groups had to have this type of experience, and we have fully refunded them in addition to offering an Airbnb credit in case they are willing to give us another chance on their next vacation.” , said the spokesperson. “This type of situation is extremely rare, but when it does occur, we take steps to protect the integrity of our platform. To that end, these lists have been removed and all associated hosts have been suspended in the awaiting further investigation. “

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