A social media post has gone viral after the internet defended a woman for threatening to call the police about her friend’s family moving into her “holiday home” without permission.
On Reddit’s “AmITeA**hole” forum, a woman wanted to know what the AITA community thinks about whether she would be considered an asshole if she called authorities to kick the family out. The post has 15,000 upvotes and 2,000 comments.
The 28-year-old Reddit user explained that she inherited a vacation home after her grandmother passed away. She also said it’s a 5 hour drive from where she lives, so she doesn’t stay there very often. However, she does have a security system so she can see if anyone is on her property. She keeps the key to the house with all of her other keys that she and her boyfriend share.
The original poster (OP) featured her friend’s brother and wife. They have four children together who all live in a small two bedroom apartment. They got to the subject of the vacation home and how it was a great place for his family.
She wrote: “My exact response was, ‘Yeah, but I won’t let you live there like that.’ Then he got quiet and his wife started to pick up their kids and their things, they left about 10 minutes later My boyfriend didn’t say anything to me about the conversation but I feel bad about my reaction because I know they have the really need space.”
Days later, when she realized her boyfriend was at work, she noticed the keys to the vacation home were missing. Confused, she called until he answered, at which point he explained that he accidentally took the keys.
Later that day, she received a report from the vacation home security camera where she found her boyfriend taking his brother and his family into their home.
The OP reacted furiously when he returned home.
“I started yelling at him and asked why the hell would he move a family into MY house without my permission,” she wrote. “He tried to justify it and say he should ‘help his family’, it honestly just made me angrier.”
She threatened to call the police to have them resolve the situation, which prevented the couple from talking to each other.
In an edit, the Reddit user added that she did call the police and they came to her house to return the keys. After refusing to leave at first, they eventually left. She then admitted that she and her boyfriend had broken up.
“My ex-boyfriend, his brother and his brother’s wife blew up my phone asking why I would do this to them and their children, I blocked them all,” she wrote.
Other Reddit users flood the comment section with their thoughts.
“Call the police now”, u/Pretend_Panda got the most responses with over 17,000 votes. “Stop putting off confusion and misplaced kindness. This is a bad situation and the longer you put off dealing with it, the more complex and difficult it will become.”
They continued: “These are people who have made conscious choices to cheat and steal from you. You cannot rely on them to behave reasonably or predictably. You have to take them out of your property, have the locks replaced and all possible legal action. It’s up to you to make sure they’re intimidated enough not to risk doing something as silly as that again.”
U/bluemewrobin offered advice that might be helpful, adding: “If they still refused to leave, start now by getting a Provisional Possession Warrant (IPO) and contact a lawyer and the police. Visit also the property and change all the locks as they may have already made key copies.”