Woman Calls Police on Boyfriend's Family for Trespassing

Gillian Sisley

Does calling the police on a partner's family members cross the line?

Crimes are committed every single day in the US. Data shows that over 7 million arrests happen every year, with many more crimes than that taking place without the perpetrators being caught or reports being filed.

With that said, most people don't ever anticipate that they'll need to call the police on their in-laws. However, interference from in-laws is not a new reality, and it can directly create tension between a couple, increasing their risk of breaking up.

These realities were highlighted in a recent online post in which a woman calls the police on her boyfriend's family when they move into her property, after being told they didn't have permission to do so.

Does calling the police on a partner's family members cross the line?

A Reddit post published on April 4th, reported on by Ashley Gale from Newsweek, has gone viral with 17,700 upvotes and 3,100 comments.

The author begins her post by clarifying that her grandmother recently passed away, and because of that, she inherited a holiday home. The home is a 5-hour drive away, so she doesn't stay there often. However, she has a security system so that she's able to tell whether or not there's someone inside the property. She keeps a set of keys at home, where she lives with her boyfriend.

She recently had her boyfriend's brother and his wife over. They have four children who live together in a small apartment, and they recently got onto the subject of the holiday home and how would be a great place for his family to live instead. The author laughed off the comment, although it was a little weird, and made it clear that she wasn't going to let the family live in her holiday home.

With that said, a few days later, after her boyfriend went to work, she noticed that the keys to the holiday home were missing. Very confused, she called her boyfriend, and he said that he accidentally took them with him. However, later that day, she received a notification from the security camera. When she checked the app, she found that her boyfriend was moving his brother and his family into the home without her permission.

As soon as her boyfriend returned home, she got into a massive fight with him, screaming at him and telling him that he's not justified to move his family into her house without her permission. He argued that he had to ‘help his family’, but this only made the author angrier.

Access to housing is especially tricky in this current market.

Since the pandemic, reports show that housing is incredibly limited, and it's even harder for many to find options that work for them and their family. It's not uncommon for families with multiple children to be in living situations that are a little tight, based on their budget and what's available in the market with the current shortage.

The author concludes her post by stating that when her boyfriend refused to move his family out of her holiday home, she threatened to call the police to have them deal with the situation. Her boyfriend did not respond well to this threat, and also didn't take her seriously.

However, the author clarifies that she has since broken up with her boyfriend, and did call the police on her ex’s family to have them forcibly removed from her property and the keys returned. Since then, her ex-boyfriend's family has been blowing up her phone demanding how she could put their children through such ‘significant trauma’, but instead of replying to their messages, she's chosen to block them.

What do you think? Was the author justified in calling the police on her boyfriend's family when they moved into her holiday house without permission? Or did the author overreact to the situation, and should have had more empathy for the children who were in a tight living situation in their old apartment?

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