AirBnB sued after vacationers attacked by rabid bats in rented home

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An irate vacationer is suing AirBnB after she and her fellow girlfriends were attacked by rabid bats that infested their rented home in Michigan.

The Daily Mail is reporting that Patricia Rooney, Christie Lockhart, Denise Smith, Diana Crites, Jamie Boboltz, Jane Sanderson, Cathy Bennett-Vleck and another friend who has not been named are suing the home-sharing company after they rented a home in the lakeside town of Alpena. 

All seemed to go well during the vacation until the last night of their stay in the historic home — and that’s when things went horribly wrong. 

According to Rooney’s one-star review of the home, the rabid bats began swooping in and attacking her and her friends on the last night of their stay.

What’s worse, the bats began “dive-bombing” the women while they were asleep in their beds.

The women tried to leave the home through the main stairwell, but when they got there, they found it was “consumed” with bats, and many of the women suffered painful bites when they tried to get through. 

“The bats were flying throughout the upstairs and in the stairwells, so we could not get out of the house,” she wrote. “The host did not respond to our eleven calls during our terrifying night with the bats, beginning at 12:08 a.m. Two of us had known contact with the bats, one had bite marks.”

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When the exterminator arrived to the hellhouse the next day, he discovered that the attic was covered with “bat guano,” or feces, suggesting that the bat infestation had been a problem for quite some time, and the owner failed to remediate the issue. 

The women also were forced to get painful rabies vaccinations.

Now, all of the vacationers are suing AirBnB and the homeowners for their nightmare stay. 

Though the exact amount of the lawsuit hasn’t been disclosed, the women are seeking remedies to cover medical bills, legal fees and damages due to the ‘mental anguish, severe anxiety and emotional distress’ of being attacked by rabid bats.

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