A social media post has gone viral after the internet defended a woman for threatening to call the police on her boyfriend’s family who moved into her ‘vacation home’ without permission.
Taken to Reddit’s “AmILeA**hole” forum, a woman wanted the AITA community’s opinion on whether she would be considered the asshole if she called on the authorities to evict the family. 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 was a 5 hour drive from her house so she didn’t stay there often. However, she has a security system in place so she can know if there is anyone on her property. She keeps the house key with all her other keys that she and her boyfriend share.
The original poster (OP) had his boyfriend’s brother and wife. They have four children together who all live in a small two-bedroom apartment. They brought up the subject of the vacation home and how it was a great place for his family.
She wrote: “My exact answer was, ‘Yeah but I’m not gonna let you live there then. He became quiet after that and his wife started picking up their kids and things, they left about 10 minutes later. My boyfriend didn’t tell me about the conversation, yet I feel bad about my response because I know they really need some space.”
A few days later, when she realized that her boyfriend had gone to work, she noticed that the keys to the vacation home were missing. Confused, she called until he answered, to which he explained that he had accidentally taken the keys with him.
Later that day, she received a notification from the vacation home’s security camera where she found her boyfriend leading her brother and his family into the house.
The OP reacted in anger when he returned home.
“I started yelling at him asking why the hell he would move a family into MY house without my permission,” she wrote. “He tried to justify it and say he ‘had to help his family’, honestly that made me even angrier.”
She threatened to call the police to handle the situation, which prevented the couple from speaking to each other.
In one 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 finally 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 the hell did I put them and their kids through this I blocked them all,” she wrote.
Other Reddit users are flooding the comments section with their thoughts.
“Call the police now,” u/Pretend_Panda received the top comment with over 17,000 upvotes. “Do not procrastinate any longer out of confusion and misplaced kindness. This is a bad situation and the longer you delay addressing it, the more complex and difficult it will become.”
They continued: “These are people who have made conscious choices to deceive and rob you. You cannot trust them to behave in a reasonable or predictable way. You have to get them off your property, Get the locks changed and pursue any available legal action. It’s up to you to make sure they’re intimidated enough not to risk doing something so stupid again.”
U/bluemewrobin gave advice that might be helpful adding: “If they have always refused to leave, start getting an Interim Possession Order (IPO) now and contact a lawyer and the police. Also visit the property and change all the locks because they might have already made copies of the keys.”