Friday saw many protest rent costs in the United States amid the coronavirus pandemic, urging landlords and government officials to step in and cancel due payments. Many are struggling to make rent payments due to stay-at-home orders and quarantine guidelines. And that doesn't even touch the rising unemployment numbers and countless errors with the government's stimulus efforts.
With those current events in mind, this TikTok video from someone who claims to be a landlord has many troubled and crying foul. In the clip, you can see the woman enter her home with an Amazon package and flip it to the ground. She then continues dancing in her living room while the description for her actions flashes on screen.
Landlords are a menace to society pic.twitter.com/LsHrP0otSH— wash your damn hands (@haaniyah_) May 2, 2020
"My tenant is late on rent and is avoiding me, but has money to order. So I take all their packages until they pay up," the video states. "I'm so petty." But as many were quick to point out on Twitter, the decision to take the tenant's mail and film it could definitely backfire.
According to an article from SF Gate, any taking or concealment of mail that is not the possession of the person holding it is considered theft. And any theft of mail is considered a third-degree felony, carrying a fine and up to five years in prison as punishment.
Many were quick to point that out online and also show their disdain for the woman's decision. Scroll down to see how many reacted.
It absolutely is.— Lewis Morris (@ThaIllest89) May 2, 2020
Landlord should have had 3 months mortgage saved up.— Mr Blue Hearts™️ (@Granddad_Sr) May 2, 2020
I definitely thought it was a joke only because since when will Amazon deliver their mail to her?!? Either way, it’s an expensive joke these days.— Ngeri Nnachi (@NubianExcellenc) May 2, 2020
Yeah, this is straight up like... some other person using the power they have over another to fuck with them. There is no good reason for her to take the packages other than to be a nuisance cause she wants rent money. It is petty.— Space Explorer (@SebastianVelcro) May 2, 2020
But hey, at least she didn't evict her.
lol publishing evidence of myself committing mail theft to own my tenants 🤣😂🤣— rudy gabagooliani (@totallynotabird) May 2, 2020
This really a thing 😂 @deniselillianna— The NBA is a suspect (@_liddy1) May 2, 2020
I don’t think she is going into their apartment. She is probably just taking them off the porch or from a shared space. Still a crime though...people are stupid.— April N. Watson🎙 (@MsBIGPoV) May 2, 2020
But she committing a whole crime 🤔.— ѕlιмм (@OneBadCreation_) May 2, 2020