Air Mattress for Rent

An ambulance rushes down the street. You're inside, texting "WTF" in shocked disbelief. Impossible? Not if renting your extra air mattress to a perfect stranger goes awry.

The New York Timesreports on websites that connect budget-sensitive travelers with locals willing to share their space for a short duration. The site is called AirBnB.com and the NYT describes it as a "cross between CouchSurfing.org and the vacation rentals section of Craigslist." Sure: great idea. Until a psycho comes along.

To be fair, the article doesn't describe any wrongdoings from the sites or people involved. But you have to ask yourself: is it really safe to open your apartment to perfect strangers in exchange for a tiny fee?

C'mon - don't Law & Order: Special Victims Unit re-runs teach anything?