There’s no greater panic than making sure you check out of your hotel on time, to avoid meeting the cleaner changing the sheets whilst you’re still in bed or finding a late check-out fee on your bank card a week later.
But for this lady, who booked her stay using the popular Airbnb app, found that checking out late here has much more severe consequences.
The video below shows South African filmmaker Sibhale Nkumbi being thrown head-first down a steep staircase, following an argument with the landlord.
Speaking in an interview, Nkumbi said: “We knew that we were late and we heard a bell ring. We opened the door to this lady.
“She stated that this is not acceptable, you guys need to pack and leave now. And I was like, ‘Yes, give us a few minutes to pack,’ and I apologised profusely for us being late and we were getting ready to leave.
“And that’s when she came back a few minutes later with the husband and he was banging the door.”
The filmmaker also suggested that her host was racially motivated, claiming he said: “You need to leave now, this is not Africa.”
Commentators on social media, who saw the footage when it was first released condemned the man, but dispute the claim he is ‘racist’ for what he did.
One wrote: “Red mist does strange things to people, I’m not defending anyone here but what I generally don’t understand is the racist card finding its way into this report.
“If the landlord was indeed a racist why let the property to an African in the first place.”
Another wrote: “I love how if this had happened to a white woman all these racist pr*cks would be defending her to the death, but because it happened to a black woman from Africa, “she should have learned some respect and left on time!!”
“I don’t care what she did, she literally could have told him to “get f*cked” but he, as the owner/operator of this specific Airbnb; should have remained calm and dealt with any such situation with the proper business-to-patron etiquette.”
Made a mess of their room
However a twist in the story came from another comment, with one user suggesting that Nkumbi’s party made a mess of their room, angering their hosts.
The social media commentator wrote: “This is not the whole story.
“Because there is also a story that they made a mass of the house being drunk and using drugs and that’s what p*ssed off the owner, and the reason he wanted them to get out of the house immediately.
“And because of a struggle one fell of the stairs. So don’t put the blame on the owner if you don’t know the whole story.”
Airbnb have confirmed the host will be banned from their site for life and the local police are currently investigating the incident.