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Night of terror: Airbnb sued for bat attack

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As if straight out of a movie, a night of terror was experienced by a group of friends who are now suing Airbnb for a house infested with bats that attacked two of them.

The group of eight women planned to spend a few days at a Victorian-style rental house in Michigan called The Castle to celebrate 50 years since graduating from high school.

However, what was going to be a pleasant stay and celebration turned into what they call a night of terror due to a plague of bats that infested the house they rented and bit two of them.

And although the incident occurred almost four months ago last July, the lawsuit was filed only this Monday, October 30, on the eve of Halloween. The Alpena County Circuit Court heard the lawsuit against Airbnb, the property owner and manager.

The lawsuit alleges that Airbnb was negligent in allowing the bat-infested home to be advertised on its platform and that the owner and maintainers failed to ensure that the home was safe to live in.

Jon Marko, who represents the plaintiffs, described the ordeal as a Halloween horror movie scene.

They point out that the eight women had enjoyed their stay at “El Castillo” for three days.

But on the night of July 26, two women staying in the home’s large tower room were startled awake by screeching noises and dark shapes moving along the walls, the complaint says.

The women screamed and ran into the hallway, slamming the door and sealing the frame with blankets, Marko Law said. A while later, another bat appeared in the hallway and many more followed it, he said.

The women ran to the staircase, but it was infested by bats. Then they looked for the nearest bed, blocked the doors and windows, blocked towels, and hid under the sheets, they said.

More and more bats began to enter The Castle. The bats entered through every possible gap. The night was full of screams of terror, they said.

They specified that the bats got tangled in the hair of some women, and two of them suffered bite attacks. They conclude that the terrifying experience ended when dawn came and the bats retreated.

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