A comment by an angry and frustrated owner of a rental villa on St. John has generated more than a dozen responses at at USVI On-Line, most from people who say that when they rent villas they try to leave them better than when the found them.
But the self-described owner of a $10,000/week property hasn’t seen too many of those kinds of guests. "I’ve had things stolen over the years that you wouldn’t believe
including magnets, knick knacks, artwork, books and even an area rug!,"
"Would they treat their friends’ homes this way? Would they sit on nice
furniture while wet from the pool? Would they help themselves to any
expensive coffee table books that tickle their fancy? Would they bleach
all the guest towels with face cream and then claim it wasn’t them when
asked? Would they leave the stereo in the rain and then pretend they
Replies have been sympathetic. "My wife insists on making the place better: scrubbing counter tops, shaking rugs, washing sheets and towels (refolding them, too), often buying small things to add to the owners’ collection of things,’ wrote "Dave."
While one commenter seemed to doubt the veracity of the complaint, another said, "I, too, am sorry you’ve had some poopy guests, but doesn’t that sort of come with the territory?" Most other posts were on the side of the villa owner. One said, "We certainly respect all of your furnishing and property and we are extremely grateful that you share your lovely homes with us."