Somehow, even during a global pandemic, certain people are still staying at Airbnbs and failing to mind their own business, calling the cops on black men for crimes like playing music. This happened to two such men, who go by Donovan Cooper and Marlen Jones on Twitter, and were staying up late having some fun at a hotel or apartment building in a room they paid for via the popular online vacation rental platform.
Cooper posted a video on Twitter he took during the confrontation.
Air bnb gone wrong 🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/qrceLHcj2V— Donovan Cooper (@thereald0nny) April 26, 2020
Cooper began filming the woman as she was on the phone with a police dispatcher, describing the men as “two black males” and mentioning a third upstairs, saying that “it is a secured building” and that she doesn’t know how they got inside. According to Cooper and Jones, they got in by paying for the Airbnb listing like anybody else.
She also mentions that “I don’t see any weapons at this time but I don’t know if they have any” as she stands there a few feet away from them in her pajamas and bare feet. The men calmly film her and make funny comments for two minutes while she finishes the call and starts screaming at them.
As the third individual from upstairs comes down to ask what’s going on, the woman accuses them of making noise late at night, then stops to get much closer to the camera she says she wants out of her face, then threatens to retrieve her own weapon.
“Oh, I’ll get my gun,” she says. Cooper and Jones encourage her to do so for the benefit of the coming police officers. The rest of the video is mostly the woman screaming that making a lot of noise in a “private building” that houses other residents is bad. At one point she attempts to forcibly close the men’s door on them, then calls the cops back to confirm they’re coming and declares that “y’all are f***ing going to jail.”
According to Jones, they did not go to jail, but rather were told by the cops just to ignore the woman and that “they get call like this all the time.”
The cops eventually come and we explain to them situation. They we’re cool and basically just told us not to worry about her, they get call like this all the time 🤦🏽♂️
— Marlen Jones (@Big60_MJ) April 27, 2020
Cooper later tweeted that the woman did initially ask the pair to turn the music down before calling the cops, but she was hostile from the beginning.
So this is what happened for the people that keep asking , me and a couple friends were listening to music and chilling in the air bnb and she came to our door banging hard so we turnt it down and then she came back again but she started being racist and rude— Donovan Cooper (@thereald0nny) April 27, 2020
An hour later, Jones says he went to get some food and the confrontation in the video occurred in spite of the fact that they had turned the music down.
Yall be safe out here mane smh. The lady had came upstairs banging on the door hard for about 2 mins when we finally answered the door she starts screaming “Turn the fucking music down”. So we do. This is the video i recorded about an hour later when i went to go get some food. https://t.co/qk2ApJqGWi— Marlen Jones (@Big60_MJ) April 27, 2020
While loud neighbors are never fun, living in a multi-tenant building like this means that noise is often a problem. Decent people ask nicely for neighbors to keep it down and use white noise when that’s not enough, because calling the cops for this is both a waste of resources and puts black men in the U.S. in danger.
This is how black young men get shot and killed over the smallest situations like this 💯. They make it clear that Amerikkka hasn’t changed much at all.
— Marlen Jones (@Big60_MJ) April 27, 2020
Thankfully, neither Cooper nor Jones was harmed. The woman, however, will likely never live this down.
The fact that people really out here making up nicknames for Karen 😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/DiBKVhW3zE
— Taqkiiyawna Samuels (@taqkii) April 27, 2020
The four horseman of the apocalypse pic.twitter.com/hu8CiFyJMb
— sam (@Sam_Oxx) April 27, 2020
Karens at it again. pic.twitter.com/AstXNrJogR
— Noirbnb (@Noirbnb) April 27, 2020
um she needs to be arrested? one she’s wasting resources sending cops out during a quarantine. two she threatened them multiple times, threatened to use a deadly weapon, and tried to use physical force. where’s her mugshot
— free pallas-tine (@Pallas01209630) April 27, 2020
Y’all don’t have a different pose when you call the cops pic.twitter.com/AGmm84K5ND
— J𝓪ᵧ𝘽ᴼ 🖤🥀𓅓 (@ifuxwitchu) April 27, 2020
“IT IS AFTER 3 am PEOPLE HAVE JOBS”
so why you yellin 😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/a7ZuwytwUJ
— ke 🥀 (@keglock_) April 27, 2020
when she realized she threatened to shoot y’all and you got it on camera 😂 pic.twitter.com/mce81wepv6
— Omete Anassi (@ometeanassi) April 27, 2020
Donovan Cooper, being a kind and generous man, had to beg people to stop sending the woman pizzas to be paid for at the door because she gave out her address on camera.
Can y’all please stop posting that lady address and number and stop ordering pizzas and food to her house and if y’all do that do that on your own page not mine so please stop doing it on mine I’m not federal like that & no I never posted her info out!— Donovan Cooper (@thereald0nny) April 28, 2020
She’s going to have to change her number and possibly move. Better than being arrested for wasting police resources, though.