What You Need To Know About CouchSurfing
Published on March 04, 2010
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I just had a TERRIBLE experience with a couch surfer who hosted me and my friend in New Delhi for 5 days. Now, from day one I
felt that something was wrong and I advanced my date of departure by 24 hours just because the moment i went inside the
house, I knew something was going to happen. Ok so everything was fine for 2-3 days, on the 4th day the host and my friend
were drinking and I joined them for some talks....(I did not drink), ...it was nothing offensive....but that was the first
time I really talked to the host....I was always aloof and formal...I did not feel like even smiling at him although he gave
us a separate room and everything...
So now the real story starts.....I left that place on 6th Aug and my friend came to the station to see me off....the host had
left in the morning and I did not see him on that day.....I sent him an sms thanking him for everything...
After 3-4 hours I got an sms from the guy stating that I had STOLEN some jewelry from his house and that he had proof !!!!!!
I was SO SHOCKED that I actually thought he was JOKING!! I sms-ed him back saying I didnt steal anything and that he should
stop accusing me. He replied back saying I was playing games with him!!! He also said he has had such experiences before??
What does that mean??? Couchsurfers have stolen stuff from his house before?? If yes then WHY did he host us???
The real SHOCKER was the next call I got from my friend ! SHE was supporting him ! I asked her whaT PROOF they had and she
said nothing....she just told me to return the jewelry. I sent an sms asking the guy to send police to my house if he wants
to because I have nothing to hide. I M NOT A THIEF !!
As soon as I reached home I saw that there was a missed call from my friend ! I called her back and this time she accused me
of stealing her money!! I reminded her that she had stayed with me for like 3 days and she had lost NOTHING ! She told me "I
cant hear you" and hung up....I sent her a detailed message saying that she stayed at my house so freaking peacefully and
suddenly I turned into a thief as soon as I went to Delhi???
I am goin to file an FIR with the police
I have reported the host to the CS system as well though I dont know whether they will take any action....
I have been with Couchsurfing for about 6 months. It is a great place to meet local and also save on accommodation. If one plans to stay on someone's couch, it is generally a good idea to read all feedbacks (including positive and neutral). To get someone to accept a couch request, one must at-least have a complete profile and it is a good idea to get the location/identify verified.
I couldn't agree more. CS has allowed me to make friends in places where I otherwise would have had no in-depth interaction with the local people. I also used it to organize a birthday present for my aunt where I asked people in dozens of countries to send her a postcard for her birthday. If there's one thing you can't underestimate, it's the generosity of the CS community!
I too was at the show and agree there was some confusion about social networking sites and the mention of counchsurfing. I actually have been using CS for a few years now and have never had a problem with any of my guests (or hosts for that matter).
I have heard some horror stories about people abusing CS as a site and taking advantage of certain travelers. Whether those are freeloaders or people from the street, you still have to be cautious about how you interact with. That is pretty much a rule of thumb everyone should abide by when using the Internet to meet new people.
I did learn of one new website at the NY Times Travel show that impressed me. Several people on the floor were talking about it being like Couchsurfing, but way better. The site is called https://www.tripping.com . Overall it is WAY more advanced then couchsurfing and has an entire safety program for members to use. Additionally you can tell that these guys learned a few things along the way with regard to the tech side of things. You can even text message users for free right from the website!!