(Riccardo and other Couchsurfing users quotes in this article asked to be identified by pseudonyms.) On the business front, the crowdsourced hospitality site has been experiencing a rough patch lately.
After a controversial transition to a for-profit model in 2011, which brought million in funding in the past two years, growing pains have set in.
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In eight months using the service, Riccardo, who is 32 and works for an ad agency, has let eight visitors crash at his apartment, of whom he’s hooked up with five, for a 62 per cent “success rate.” If you count the additional two that climbed into bed with him for a cuddle and then fell asleep, the percentage climbs even higher.
The fact that two individuals have been in a consensual sexual relationship does not mean that sexual harassment may not occur following the end of the relationship.
Example: A young employee and her boss engaged in consensual sexual intercourse on four occasions.
Despite my own preconceived opinions, it took just twenty minutes for me to agreed to download the app on my phone. No indication of what I was looking for or who I was. When I woke the next morning my phone had received a couple of ‘Hey’s’ and a rather alarming number of sideways smiley faces. But as the morning progressed my phone almost went into meltdown. All of a sudden the vulgarity grew with comments that would make even John Travolta blush. ” “Wanna see my (insert a myriad of heinous words for male genitalia here) ?? ” Although my initial reaction was to delete my App and burn my phone along with any items of clothing/bedding I had come in contact with while receive these messages, I resisted the temptation.
Later that night as I lay in bed in my blissful red wine stupor, I created the most basic of profiles. For, once I got past the shock came a genuine intrigue.