Airbnb is canceling all DC area bookings during inauguration week

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2021/01/13/airbnb-is-canceling-all-dc-area-bookings-during-inauguration-week.html

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But the F1Rst AmEndmENt!!!

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Also HotelTonight.

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Rideshare companies would probably be well advised to consider restricting service to the D.C. area on the 20th too.

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Boy I’d hate to be someone that needed to justify legitimate business in DC during that period; they may as well just close businesses on the 20th, like we do in Savannah downtown during the St. Patty’s Day parade.

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The gov is:

Most businesses that I am aware of in the DC area are closing their doors for the day or days. Literally.

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If you had told me in [select year] that Joe fucking Biden’s inauguration would be the most contentious in a century, I would have eaten my shoe. I guess this could really be called an anti-inauguration of Trump though, which would have made more sense to $selected_year me.

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Is the Hotel Harrington also going to close for the inauguration like it did on January 4th, 5th, and 6th (so the Proud Boys couldn’t congregate there)?

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That has to suck for someone with a legit reason for being there during the week…but with the plague I assume there are at least a whole lot fewer reasons to be traveling (like in a normal year I might be visiting friends and family in the area, but like most of 2020 I’m actively attempting to not leave my house and for sure not attempting to be in a whole other state).

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“turns out our insurance doesn’t cover the FBI/National Guard breaking down the door”

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Yeah, a lot of “legitimate” reasons for being there aren’t legitimate right now…

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Even the legitimately legitimate reasons aren’t legitimate, if you ask me.

I know changing our plans is “how the terrorists win,” but COVID-19 made anything remotely like a traditional Inauguration celebration pretty pointless. Now there’s this shit, too? Fuck it. Cancel everything.

Donate the inaugural fundraising money to COVID relief charities, do the swearing-in on TV, and move on. By 12:15 Biden can be at his desk with a pen, a stack of executive orders, and a tube of Ben-Gay for writer’s cramp. The only person who’s ever really thought the inauguration matters was Trump, and look where that got him.

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I hate to sound so defiant. But is there some way that people who support the, I don’t know how else to put it, Status Quo, can go down to DC and form a huge wall of people surrounding the mall to keep these insurrectionists out of the inauguration? I don’t live that far way and I’m happy to be part of a human wall to block these f%cking idiots from disrupting the swearing in. Note: I am not an Antifa (but yes i am against fascists). No violence, just physical hindrance.

If only the federal, state, and local governments had a large supply of professionally trained, well-equipped personnel who they could deploy in the event of circumstances such as this, so people like you could stay home and out of harm’s way.

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So Airbnb, that has profited off the business model of turning rent-able homes into short term accommodation (marginalizing those that can’t afford to own a home) is now pretending to be a good corporate citizen… Or just covering it’s ‘disruptive’ business ass!

The DC mayor and others asked them to.

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I didn’t know that. Thanks

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All mayhem and deaths will be blamed on Biden. They’re already setting up the ones they killed and got killed last week as their own martyrs.

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@Akimbo_NOT

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