Star and Mark King in their trashed home. Photo: Screengrab, Calgary Herald video A screenshot of Star King’s Instagram account showing the damage to her home.
A screenshot of Star King’s Instagram account showing the damage to her home.
A couple who rented out their house on popular accommodation site Airbnb returned to find it had been trashed, in what Canadian police described as a “drug-induced orgy”.
Mark and Star King said they were almost knocked over by the fumes when they walked into their home, in Sage Hill, north-west Calgary, after a weekend away.
They were then confronted with the extent of the destruction, which was devastating, the couple told the Calgary Herald.
Their furniture had been destroyed, smashed glass littered the floor, and piles of cigarette butts, food and rubbish were strewn throughout the house.
The toilet was flooded and mustard, mayonnaise and sauce were smeared across the walls and floors.
Cigarettes had been stubbed out on the alcohol-soaked furniture, while upstairs, the couple found bras, underwear and condoms lying around. Police said body fluids – including urine, semen and vomit – were found throughout the home.
Mrs King also found a chicken bone in one of her shoes.
“Chicken thighs in our shoes? It’s just unbelievable,” Mr King told Global News in Canada.
“The violation, the lies, the pretense of what it was for and then the complete disrespect.”
It will cost between $C50,000 and $C75,000 ($52,000 and $77,000) to fix the two-storey house, which the couple bought in 2010.
Mr King said he and his wife believed they were renting out the house to a man in his 40s who had contacted them through the short-term rental site. The man claimed that he and three other adults were visiting Calgary for a family wedding.
The Kings handed over their keys on Saturday and went to stay with Mr King’s parents, hoping to make a bit of extra money.
But, that night, the Kings’ neighbours reported that guests started arriving at the house, before a party bus pulled up and more guests piled out.
About 100 people crammed into the house, prompting numerous noise complaints to police during the weekend.
A neighbour contacted the Kings on Monday morning to ask if everything was all right, alerting them to the destruction in their home.
The Kings drove home to find the police were already there, responding to reports of a break-in.
“When we came in, one of the police said, ‘This isn’t a party, this was a drug-induced orgy,’ ” Mr King said.
The police had also told them a hazardous materials crew would have to enter the house before they could start cleaning up.
Constable Attila Horvath, from the Calgary Police Service, said he had “never seen anything like it” in his nine years of policing.
“You could see that there was significant damage to the house, especially in the living room,” he said.
“It was almost anger; I couldn’t believe that someone could do that in three days to another person’s home.”
Police said the man who rented the Kings’ house could face charges of mischief over $C5000.
Jakob Kerr, a spokesman for Airbnb, told the Calgary Herald that the organisation had a $US1 million ($1.25 million) host damage guarantee, and had offered the Kings cleaning services and accommodation while their house was fixed.
“We have zero tolerance for this kind of behaviour and our team is working quickly to make this right,” he said.
“We have banned this guest from Airbnb, and our trust and safety team will offer its full assistance to law enforcement in any investigation of this incident. We have been in very close contact with these hosts and we are working quickly to reimburse them under our $1 million host guarantee, which covers a host’s property in the rare event of damages.
“Over 35 million guests have stayed on Airbnb, and property damage is extremely rare.”