To know that there is someone willing to help you when you need it the most, can feel like a burden is lifted off your shoulders. However, sometimes, these random acts could amount to crossing the line. A Boston man who experienced a stranger’s kindness doesn’t quite know what to make of it. Standard UK reports the story.
On May 15th, 44-year-old Nate Roman was heading home from a day at work after having picked his son up from school, when he found that something was off. As he reached the front door of his single-family home, he found his door unlocked. “[My son said], ‘Dad! The door is unlocked.’ Which I have done once every blue moon and didn’t think anything of it. But when we walked in immediately there was a vibe that something was wrong in the house,” he told CNN.
Upon entering, he was stunned to see that his home, instead of being robbed, was sparkling clean with nothing missing. He confirmed that someone was in his house when he noticed that a door he normally kept open was firmly shut. Wanting to check the rest of his house, Roman walked into his son’s room. There he found that what was a wreck in the morning when he was taking his son to school, was completely clean and organized. Checking out his own room, he was greeted by the same pristine condition.
“Rugs were vacuumed, everything was neat and put away,” Roman said. Knowing that someone had managed to break into his house was a cause for alarm which prompted him to immediately call the police. Taking the incident seriously, they went through every room to make sure no one was still in there. The authorities told CNN affiliate WBZ-TV that they had spoken to the neighbors who saw nothing out of sorts. With no one having seen anything, the cops were left with no suspects.
“No crime happened, nothing was missing or damaged, so the police have very little to go on,” Roman said.
As for how the intruder was left unidentified, it was because the security system was not set up. This meant that the cameras that would be active the moment the alarm went off, didn’t and so there were no images of the stranger. However, the time stamp on the door sensors revealed that whoever was there, stayed in the house for an hour and a half.
After the initial shock wore off, Roman mentioned that he realized he may have forgotten to lock his back door and that the person didn’t break anything while entering the home.
That was not all Roman discovered though. As he was in the bathroom, he found toilet paper rose origami. It was then that he realized it was the work of a professional. “I’m pretty sure, based on the quality of the toilet paper flowers, that this was a professional that made a mistake,” he told CBS News. “But there’s no way to really know.”
While initially, he believed it to be a cleaning service that came to the wrong house, the fact that his kitchen was left untouched made him skeptical. “No notes, no creepy arrangements or anything. My best theory at this point is that a housekeeping service accidentally went to the wrong address. It’s still weird and creepy AF. No idea what to think about this,” he wrote in a Facebook post.
Since then he has changed his locks, worried about the security of his home and the safety of his child. He admitted that he is still opening cabinets very gingerly just in case something unpleasant and unexpected was left behind.
“I’ve been here for a year and a half, changed my locks on day one,” Roman told Daily Mail. “I’m usually pretty careful about this stuff.”
“It’s funny now, but didn’t feel funny at the time,” Roman said to the Boston Globe.
Roman has stated that he wants to move past the weird ordeal. But he has kept the toilet paper roses as a souvenir. “I wish someone would come clean,” said Roman. “Pun absolutely intended.”
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