Ben Speller thought he'd scored himself a real bargain.
As the U.K.'s Daily Mail reports, the English soccer fan from London wanted to travel to Amsterdam last week to see his beloved Tottenham Hotspur football club play local team Ajax. Hoping to save money on a hotel, he checked the travel accommodations website Airbnb for inexpensive lodgings.
Bingo -- he came across an ad that declared "clean home in Amsterdam with a private bathroom" for just 100 pounds a night, about $128 U.S. So he booked it.
Once in Amsterdam, though, the truth was revealed: the accommodation was, in fact, a metal shipping container, sitting on the sidewalk by the road. Illegally, it was later discovered.
'We had already driven past the container three times in the taxi trying to find the place," said Speller. "We thought, 'This can't be it.'"
Mind you, the container had windows. The bed? Three mattresses placed side-by-side on the floor. The container also had a portable toilet that you had to walk outside of the container to access.
"We opened the door and looked inside, locked the door and left," said Speller. "Then we went to a hotel."
Adding insult to scam, the person who listed the container on Airbnb refused to refund Speller's money.
Airbnb made it right. They not only removed the listing, they paid Speller the money he fronted, plus the $230 he spent for the hotel.