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Paying for a couch while couch surfing???
Posted February 13th, 2013 - 2:36 pm by from Durban, South Africa (Permalink)
Hi all,

I have come across a few CS'ers that offer a couch and when the time gets little closer they ask for a "donation" to stay on their couch? What do you do ?- I have tried to explain the ethics and philosophy of couch surfing but dont think I am making much progress. Any advice?

Posted February 14th, 2013 - 12:35 am by from Jayapura, Indonesia (Permalink)
I would refuse to stay on their couch and then leave a negative comment on their profile explaining that they were trying to get money from you. These people have no place here.

Posted March 3rd, 2013 - 2:46 am from Houston, United States
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Posted March 3rd, 2013 - 10:29 pm from Brussels, Belgium
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Posted March 3rd, 2013 - 11:46 am by from Mainz, Germany (Permalink)
Hi all

Just don´t do it. It means "feeding a bad habbit", the next surfer in that particular place would be under pressure to pay because you did. I know this from other situations, not CS.

It would destroy the core idea of this network.

Take care

Posted March 3rd, 2013 - 10:34 pm by from Insch, Scotland (Permalink)
Perhaps in poorer countries there should be a small contribution for breakfast so people could afford to host if they might not be able to otherwise.
Having said that I do agree it is unacceptable to ask for money after agreeing to host.

Posted March 4th, 2013 - 10:54 am by from Copenhagen, Denmark (Permalink)
contribution to breakfast??
NO body have ever sad that the host have to feed you !!

Posted March 4th, 2013 - 11:21 am by from Insch, Scotland (Permalink)
I have never not given a surfer breakfast if they wanted it...is that unusual? Obviously it is not much here in the west - I am just saying everyone is not so lucky.

Posted March 5th, 2013 - 10:32 pm by from Arusha, Tanzania (Permalink)
Hi Jan,
i am sorry if i understood your comment incorrectly, i once was hosted by a very poor girl in Durban, she aint on couch surfing though, i met her on another social network similar to couch surfing, she could hardly afford her breakfast, leave alone lunch, but she had a room for a friend and she invites people because she wants to have friends who will give her hope that there is life after all.

if you were in my shoes, how would you feel if you would leave in the morning and go take breakfast alone leaving her hungry, even though she never asked you for any money? but you see clearly that she is not going to afford one and neither is she sure of the lunch?

Senais Joseph - Street Shepherds Africa.

Posted March 5th, 2013 - 10:21 pm by from Arusha, Tanzania (Permalink)
Hi Rosie,

i totally agree with you, i think what you mean is for you as a couch surfer to see the situation of your host and if you feel like you can help if he/she is poor but not as a payment but as a generosity (tip form) and not as a payment asked by the host. it should be from your heart without being asked if you see the need.

It wouldn't be right to pay for couch surfing.

Senais Joseph - Street Shepherds Africa

Posted March 5th, 2013 - 10:46 pm by from Arusha, Tanzania (Permalink)
Hi Kevin,

I think if they ask you before you agree to their invitation, just respond to them kindly that couch surfing is supposedly free of charge, and it is not okay ask for payment to host someone,

But the problem will be if they ask after you arrive to your host, because you might have only one host and no other option , thus just tell your host you have cant pay for couch surfing and if he forces you then you have all the rights to take any legal actions against him/her for he/she must have read the CS policies which as per my understanding would bind him/her before the law.

I don't advice leaving negative reference since they might have not read the policies or if read then might have not understood, thus it is good if we can make them understand,

but if the same host keep asking for money and be reported twice or more after being told the same thing then you can report him/her as abusing the main objective of CS.

Still Coming for Kilimanjaro Kevin?

Senais Joseph - Street Shepherds Africa

Posted March 8th, 2013 - 1:23 am by from Buea, Cameroon (Permalink)
hi all
this is a very nice subject( excuse me english)
cs is nice community and hosting suppose to be free.it's normal that when you tell to amember that you can receive him, you can do this and can't other one. i agree with senai joseph that it depend on your feeling. if you ar hosted by somebody and you see that you can help him to support your stay, why not help him to share the charge your presence adds. it's not an obligation for him to come to this community, but if it's somebody who like to share life and joy how do he do?
we are in africa and when we host someone in the house, we may not stay whitout sharing foods and others. and if you see that you can participate, why not. who of you are already stay with african family without sharing their soup.
i am totaly against payement for rooms or renting, or other services, but to contribute for food,for me it's not problem
for example, the first member i receive, we stay for one week and and he give me something for his participation for feeding.
but to many profil i see:it's ok to stay to my place for few days, but more, we will arange? what means this OR
for two persons we will arrange.
i also call african to be right and try to do their best to make growth thiw community by good skills
marc patrick