Neighbours call police after mistaking Airbnb renters for robbers
'People thought we were robbing the house,' musician says after police show up
Police showed up at an Airbnb rented by a musician and his friends near Atlanta, Ga., on Friday, October 9 after neighbours allegedly suspected the guests were robbing the home.
The artist, known as STEFisDOPE, live-tweeted the interaction.
Yo! The Air B&B we're staying at is so nice, the neighbors thought we were robbing the place & called the cops! 😂 <a href="http://t.co/XUQjuyCXMO">pic.twitter.com/XUQjuyCXMO</a>—@STEFisDOPE
STEFisDOPE was staying in Decatur, Ga., for a performance on Friday. He was renting the Airbnb along with Xali, Willie Howard and two other men.
When they arrived, he shared photos of his fancy accommodations on Twitter and Instagram.
Views from Zone 6. <a href="http://t.co/INOiOsHM2f">pic.twitter.com/INOiOsHM2f</a>—@STEFisDOPE
He shared two short videos showing some of the home's features, including an animal fur throw on the bed.
But, it wasn't long after they arrived that two DeKalb County Police Department officials came to the home.
"People thought we were robbing the house," STEFisDOPE said in a video, showing him in the backyard with the two police officers, who he said were "pretty cool."
This ain't our land. I wasn't shocked. Cops rolled up guns out. And felt dumb AF when they realized the situation—@XaliUnknwn
The "cops rolled up guns out," tweeted Xali, who was also at the house at the time.
3. Neighbors think we're robbing the place. Cops pull up 😂 <a href="http://t.co/cUSwsl9Fch">pic.twitter.com/cUSwsl9Fch</a>—@STEFisDOPE
After the police officers left, a "random neighbour just opens the door on us," STEFisDOPE tweeted with a video showing part of the interaction.
"I thought it was over," he says as his friends can be heard telling the person at the door that they shouldn't open the door without being let in.
"If you're suppose to be here, it's okay," the apparent neighbour can be heard saying in the video.
4. Random neighbor just opens the door on us lol 😭 <a href="http://t.co/a8rI5V84Oy">pic.twitter.com/a8rI5V84Oy</a>—@STEFisDOPE
Yo! Why did one of the neighbors just straight walk in the crib to "check things out"? 😭😭😭—@STEFisDOPE
The interaction with the neighbours invaded the comfort and privacy that the men paid for, Xali tweeted.
Then when the cops left... Neighbors feel entitles to barge in without knocking... Invading our comfort and privacy paid for—@XaliUnknwn
STEFisDOPE didn't have any complaints about how the police treated the men. They were "just doing their job," he tweeted.
2 sets of Dekalb County cops pulled up on us but, they were super chill & just doing their job so I don't have any complaints.—@STEFisDOPE
Xali said the officers were "less aggressive" than the person who opened the door to the rental home.
Cops where less aggressive then the citizen/neighbor that barged in... Tryna be a superhero n shit—@XaliUnknwn
While these types of situations get under his skin, Xali said he's "used to it."
This shit gets under my skin. But I'm used to it. Had to many encounters with the other side . I already know and am prepared—@XaliUnknwn
STEFisDOPE agreed with this sentiment in an interview with Slate.
"We're black kids in this Leave it to Beaver neighbourhood, you know?"