NYPD ends Airbnb in cars

NYPD ends Airbnb in cars

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The mayor of New York City has shared photos of the pickup trucks being towed on social media as part of his “operating room service.” All of them are parked in East Village and Chelsea, with their New Jersey license plates, ABC7 New York reports.

As a reason for towing the car, the police gave an expired license plate – in one case it was not valid for 15 years. There was also a waiting ticket pending for $1,500 (about 1,300 euros) in a truck.

This wasn’t the way the police went, though: Investigators discovered the trucks with a YouTube review of one of the trucks, which stated that an overnight stay cost $97 (about €84).

So trucks were much cheaper than staying in a hotel, but visitors had to do without a toilet. One of the realtors, Nancy, has cleverly solved this problem: through advertising, she put together a list of toilets in the area, for example at Starbucks.

The YouTube video reviewer thought the truck was a “fun experience,” but he also saw drawbacks—plus, there was no toilet. He found it rather noisy, as people walked past the bus. He thought climbing out of the truck in the morning without washing it felt uncomfortable.

His conclusion: The stay was a “unique experience”, but he wouldn’t do it again.

By the way, that is no longer possible. According to Airbnb, truck rentals are no longer active on the platform.

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