Join Date: May 2015
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This happened a month or so ago, just wondering if anyone else has had a similar experience.
I've never had issues with police before, no one that works for me has a record or anything and we always have documents. But I took a landscaping work order out of my coverage as a favor since I was guaranteed the trash out and roof repair (lots of debris, and big roof job). We get there do the grass cut, shrubs, trees and as we're loading up 2 sheriff's deputies roll into the property. One of them is livid that we're on the property and thinks we are there to steal everything (even though there is a trailer loaded down with clippings and lawn equipment). She runs the drivers license on everyone at the property, then she even looks up the VIN on my truck, then calls the dealership I bought it from to find out if it's stolen or out for repossession. Even calls the client and has us verified to be there. She goes around looking through the trash pile of a house, I ask one of the other deputies that was hanging around what we did wrong. He says "nothing, this was her parents house, they left to her."
Well we ended up getting escorted out of the county by 2 squad cars. 2 weeks later we get the bid approvals for the roof and trash out. Call the client to remind them about the cops, they guaranteed us the broker and the local police were notified and everything was good to go. Well we get there after removing about 5 trailer loads, the sheriff shows back up in street clothes saying the same crap as last time, few minutes later another sheriff shows up in uniform after she called us in for trespassing and theft. He let us go after checking the work order and calling the client to make sure we were legit.
-Needless to say we permanently declined ever returning to that property. We still got paid, but not worth that headache. Has anyone else ever had something like this happen to them? How did you handle it? Running a squatter out of a house is one thing, but not a lot you can do to a livid uniformed officer who was the previous owner of the house your cleaning out.