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Woman’s Fun Airbnb Getaway Unfolds into a Nightmare When a Bear Spray Mishap Leaves a Family’s Bond in Tatters.

In the quiet coastal town of Oregon, the Original Poster (OP) finds herself in the middle of a family maelstrom instigated by an incident involving neighborhood kids, bear spray, and an Airbnb property. The conflict intensifies as her brother threatens legal action against her, blaming her for the property’s uninhabitability, which leads to significant income loss. Amid the accusations and defenses, an unforeseen twist propels the situation to its climax, leaving the resolution hanging in the balance.

Journey to Oregon

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OP ventured to a coastal town in Oregon, while babysitting some neighborhood children. For convenience, she asked her brother if they could stay at his Airbnb rental for the day, to which he agreed. He warned them that the property wasn’t ready for guests and he’d be stopping by later to collect some items from a recent hunting trip.

Assurance of Safety

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OP asked her brother about the presence of any weapons in the house. He assured her there were none, and the day proceeded as planned. At this point, OP was feeling secure about the safety of the kids in her care.

The Unexpected Incident

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While preparing lunch, OP was startled by a loud explosion from the living room. Rushing in, she found the children amidst clouds of a pepper-like substance, coughing and laughing. She managed to get the kids outside safely.

The Harsh Reality

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After understanding that the source of the chaos was bear spray, OP called her brother. She informed him about the incident, which was met with a panicked and angry response. He was mainly worried about his prospective renters, who were expected that evening.

Accusations and Rebuttals

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OP’s brother argued that she potentially cost him thousands of dollars in lost rental income. She retorted that the fault lay with him for leaving bear spray, classified as a weapon, within the reach of children. Furious, her brother abruptly ended the call, blaming her for the entire incident.

Consequences of the Accident

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The rental property was declared uninhabitable for the day due to the bear spray incident. As a result, the renters canceled their three-month stay. This significantly impacted the brother’s income, as the rental was to cover his mortgage for the year.

Claims and Threats

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OP’s brother not only held her responsible for the incident but also demanded that she pay for the cleaning costs and compensate for his lost income. He even threatened legal action against his own sister. OP was stunned by his reaction and demands.

OP’s Legal Stand

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OP saw this as a clear-cut legal case, blaming her brother for leaving a weapon within the reach of children. She was prepared to support a lawsuit from the kids’ parents against her brother if he escalated the situation further. She felt cornered but ready to fight if necessary.

In the Eye of the Storm

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OP was left grappling with the aftermath of the incident. She had to contend with both the emotional fallout and the looming threat of a legal battle. She was resolute in her refusal to pay for her brother’s losses.

Unexpected Arrival

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While dealing with the fallout, a representative from Airbnb paid an unexpected visit. The representative assessed the property and confirmed it was uninhabitable. This not only validated the renters’ decision to cancel but also intensified the blame placed on OP by her brother.

The Demanding Brother

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OP’s brother, now further emboldened by the verdict, grew more aggressive in his demand for compensation. He reinforced his threat of taking OP to court. The storm was far from over, and the tension between the siblings deepened.

Parents Join the Fray

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The parents of the children OP was babysitting got wind of the situation. Alarmed by the incident, they were concerned about their children’s safety and questioned the responsible adult supervision. Now, not only was OP dealing with her brother’s wrath but also the parents’ concerns.

Unreasonable Demands

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OP’s brother continued to demand compensation for the loss of income and cleaning costs. It felt like a personal betrayal. OP found herself questioning the family ties that bound her and her brother. The conflict had escalated to unprecedented levels.

Was The Sister’s Behavior Appropriate?

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Reflecting on her decisions so far, OP turned to an online community for feedback. The readers in the forum had a lot to say on the matter. Here are some of their responses:

Forum Responds

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One reader said, “It’s not unreasonable for him to ask you for damages. These renters were coming with three months’ worth of luggage, they wouldn’t want to be shuffled between a hotel and their long-term stay, so I see why they canceled.”

Another Commenter Thinks

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Another responder wrote, “Your brother is right. You should have been watching the kids. You brought them into someone else’s home, and they were your liability.”

A Third View on The Story

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A different person stated, “Your brother told you it wasn’t rental ready. You asked to bring them over on a whim giving him no time to prepare. It’s not on him to make sure his house is kid-friendly at all times. I’d say, at the very least, you owe him the cost of cleaning his place.”

A Final Perspective on the Matter

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Another reader responded, “If you enter his house with kids that aren’t his responsibility without giving him a chance to clean up, I don’t see how this could be on any other than you.”

What Do You Think?

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What are your thoughts on their actions?

What would you have done in this situation?

This story is inspired by a Reddit thread.

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