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Airbnb host fined and forced to attend Asian-American studies after canceling law student’s reservation

By Mason White 12:54 PM July 14, 2017
Dyne Suh
Dyne Suh
By: Emily Lewis

(Scroll down for video) An Airbnb host was punished for canceling a woman’s reservation and making a racist remark.

Officials with the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, ordered homeowner Tami Barker to pay fine of $5,000.

She must attend an Asian-American studies course. Barker also agreed to personally apologize to Dyne Suh, and to perform community service at a civil rights organization.

The punishment came after law student Suh booked an Airbnb home as part of her ski trip with her fiance in Big Bear, California, one month before her planned trip.

At the last minute, Suh decided to be bring two more guest along. She said that she asked the owner of the property who lives in New York, if she could have two more people and two dogs at the home.

Suh, 25, claimed that the homeowner agreed to the additional guests for a fee.

Suh released only some of the text messages that she exchanged with the landlord, but not the part where the landlord agreed to bring extra people along.

Suh released text messages, showing that as she approached the home, she informed the owner that she arrived with the four people and two dogs.

The furious owner responded: “If you think four people and two dogs are getting a room for $50 a night on Big Bear Mountain during the busiest weekend of the year, you are insanely high.”

Barker then canceled the reservations and said: “One word says it all. Asian.”

The owner allegedly added: “We cannot allow this country to be told what to do by foreigners. Go ahead. It’s why we have Trump.”

Suh said that she is an American citizen who came to the United States with her parents from Seoul, South Korea, when she was 3-years-old.

Suh felt that the owner was racist and discriminatory so she filed a case against Barker and won.

On her Facebook page, Suh, who is an activist, stated: “Choose love and compassion. Strive to understand and empathize. Abolish prisons & capitalism.”