An AirBnB host who refused service to a guest because of their race has been fined $5,000 and has been banned from the site's services. The host also agreed to take a class on Asian American studies, volunteer at a civil rights organization, and participate in a community education panel, according to CNN.
Dyne Suh had safely made it through a snowstorm to get to the room she had rented in Big Bear, California, but received a text that read "I wouldn't rent to u if u were the last person on earth. One word says it all. Asian," before her stay was cancelled by host Tami Barker. Suh told the host that she would be reported, to which the host replied: "It's why we have trump ... And I will not allow this country to be told what to do by foreigners."
"I just feel so hurt," Suh had said at the time. "It stings that after living in the US for over 23 years, this is what happens. No matter if I follow the law, if I'm kind to people, no matter how well I treat others, it doesn't matter. If you're Asian, you're less than human and people can treat you like trash."
An AirBnB spokesperson described the host's behavior as "abhorrent and unacceptable."
"The real story is how a charged and painful encounter led to an opportunity for reconciliation between the people involved, and to an opportunity for them to enhance the public's understanding of discrimination and civil rights in California," said Kevin Kish of the director of the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing.
"Taking a terrible incident and then turning it into a good thing, an educational opportunity is a much better remedy than just paying a fine or having sanctions," said Suh.
"This is a development in restorative justice, which means that people can make mistakes, people can do bad things, but they're not irredeemable," Jon Ichinaga, chief counsel of the Department of Fair Employment and Housing added.
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