A Florida woman used a doorbell camera to prevent police officers from breaking into her home to serve her an eviction notice.
Jennifer Michelle was away at her mother’s house last Thursday when police officers arrived at her doorstep.
“When someone rings the doorbell, you really get a notification,” Michelle said, according to local news reports.
Through the doorbell camera, she saw Pasco County deputies trying to break into her home with a locksmith who was drilling a hole in her lock.
“As soon as I said my name to the police officers, they realized they were in the wrong house,” she said. The notice was for a neighboring house.
“We apologize,” a deputy said in the video. “We have the wrong house. It’s the next door neighbor. What we’re going to do, we have to fix the lock.”
Ms. Michele said she returned home to speak to police officers.
“One of the first things I asked them about was who was responsible for reading numbers at home,” she said. “The police officer told me they are all like that.”
Michelle said a simple mistake by the MPs could have cost her family everything.
“That made me so angry at that moment…if I hadn’t grabbed my ring, I’d go home after my mom’s doctor’s appointment, I’d come home from lunch, I wouldn’t do my key in and I’d have no idea why.”
She later posted a video of the incident captured with her doorbell camera on TikTok, which subsequently garnered more than five million views.
“Like, I don’t have any hatred towards anyone,” Michelle said. “I understood it was a mistake, mistakes happen. It was a huge mistake.”
The incident is being investigated by the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.