Family Accidentally Rents Grow-Op on Airbnb

Ask anyone who's ever travelled, and you're likely to hear a story about bad accommodations. Maybe the room is tiny, maybe it has a crummy view, maybe it's infested with bedbugs.

But the advent of AirBnB - a site that allows users to rent out rooms in their homes to travellers - has created opportunities for holidays to go horribly awry in a variety of new and unexpected ways.

Case in point: the story of Dieter Winkler. As The Gold Coast Bulletin reports, Winkler, his partner Jacquie Young and five children rented a house in Burleigh Heads, Queensland, Australia, for 11 nights. The homeowner advised them that one room was off-limits due to an "electrical issue."

So imagine their surprise when police raided the house less than 24 hours into their stay. Turns out the locked room was actually a hydroponic grow-op complete with eight cannabis plants. Police then questioned the family - who by now were probably wishing they had stayed in a motel - for five hours.

While their vacation was ruined, Airbnb refunded the family (and then some), and prospective AirBnB-ers now know to watch out for the telltale signs of a marijuana grow-op while they holiday.

h/t USA TODAY

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Most people know that to consume alcohol and then get behind the wheel of a car is very dangerous — not just for the driver and passengers, but for anyone else sharing the road. For cannabis consumers, however, understanding levels of impairment is not so straightforward. To date, there is not yet a technology used by law enforcement that can accurately detect cannabis impairment similar to alcohol breathalyzers.

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