Are you familiar with that nagging fear of your house being burgled when you’re away on vacation? It’s a thought we often try to push aside. But for one man from Hattiesburg, this fear became a reality he could never have imagined.

Unexpected Occupancy

While on a week-long trip, this homeowner’s house became the unlikely refuge for a homeless man named Robert Otis. Unbeknownst to the homeowner, Otis had found the vacant house on Adeline Street and made it his temporary home.

A Tidy Surprise

Imagine the astonishment the homeowner experienced when he returned to find his house not only occupied, but also tidier than he left it. It’s not every day you come home to find cooked food in your fridge and someone’s laundry neatly folded on the chair in your living room.

The Poolside Surprise

Curiosity led the homeowner outside, where he discovered Otis sweeping the area around his pool. When asked who he was, Otis claimed to work for a pool company. However, the homeowner had never hired any pool service.

Taking Matters Into His Own Hands

With alarm bells ringing in his head, the homeowner retrieved his handgun and held Otis until the Hattiesburg police arrived. Otis was subsequently taken into custody and charged with residential burglary.

An Unusual Turn of Events

As the homeowner recounted the incident, it became clear that Otis had taken full advantage of the empty house. Not only had he eaten the homeowner’s shrimp, chicken, and sausage, but he had also taken it upon himself to clean the two refrigerators, sweep and mop the floors, and even wipe down the stovetop. To top it off, Otis had taken a shower, washed his clothes, and slept in the homeowner’s bed. It was as if he considered the house his own.

What’s Your Take on This?

Such a bizarre situation begs the question – what is your reaction? Have you ever heard of anything like this before? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!

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