Airbnb owner harassed guest after leaving ‘just OK’ review for Clifftop property

How furious Airbnb owner harassed a guest with abusive texts and told her she’d ‘burn in hell’ after calling her award-winning guesthouse ‘just OK’ in an online review

  • Airbnb owner harassed one of his guests after he said the guesthouse was ‘just OK’
  • David Penman emailed and left a voicemail for a woman in May 2021
  • Penman appeared in Moorabin Magistrates Court and was fined $2,500

An Airbnb owner harassed one of his guests and told him to ‘burn in hell’ after leaving a review saying his guesthouse was ‘just OK’.

David Penman, 54, sent the woman a series of emails and left a despicable message on her answering machine in May 2021.

The woman stayed at her award-winning The Clifftop guesthouse in Hepburn, central Victoria, which was ‘crowned No 1 out of 55,000 rental units’.

The woman had stayed at her award-winning guest house known as Clifftop in Hepburn, central Victoria, which was ‘crowned No 1 out of 55,000 rental units’.

Penman pleaded guilty in Moorabin Magistrates’ Court to using a transportation device to harass the guest and admitted to leaving the voicemail.

“You have greatly misjudged me,” Penman said in the post.

“You obviously haven’t done your research on the defamation case on Google…don’t bother deleting your review, don’t bother offering to settle.

‘I’ll see you in the fucking court, you better have a lot of money. It’s not over, we don’t accept payment. We go to f**king court and you will burn in hell.

His lawyer Mihal Greener described the blast as ‘irrelevant’ and said his client was under a lot of pressure and his business was suffering due to the Covid pandemic due to closures and travel restrictions in the area of Victoria.

He was fined $2,500 and no conviction was entered in court.

Penman also sent a series of text messages and messages to other guests that left unflattering reviews, The Age reported.

He texted a bank clerk who booked The Clifftop in May 2019 to propose to his partner before leaving a two-star review for the property.

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His lawyer Mihal Greener described the explosion as ‘irrelevant’ and said his client was under a lot of pressure and his business was suffering because of the Covid pandemic, the lockdown and travel restrictions in the Victoria area .

Penman had also sent a series of text messages and messages to other customers who left unflattering reviews.

Penman had also sent a series of text messages and messages to other customers who left unflattering reviews.

“We have today received a complaint of possible domestic violence at your villa from another guest next door… We will review this matter before deciding whether it should be reported to the police,” Penman wrote.

Penman also threatened to take legal action against a guest who worked for the Department of Education Training after he canceled a booking because he was called to Gippsland after the January 2020 bushfires.

He warned that he launched a defamation suit against another guest who left a bad review and was forced to pay over $300,000 in legal costs.

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