A Perth couple received a considerable shock when they walked into their lounge room and found a complete stranger allegedly fast asleep on the couch.
According to a post uploaded to a community Facebook page, the unknown man had even made himself a bowl of cereal, which was visible in an accompanying photo that showed him curled up asleep under a white sheet.
“The owners handled this much better than a lot of people would after finding out this stranger had opened the garage door, walked past the dog in the house and fallen asleep on the couch,” the Facebook post read, claiming the incident had occurred in a residential estate in Baldivis, 46 km south of the Perth CBD, on Thursday morning.
Western Australia Police told Yahoo News Australia the couple had woken the man up and escorted him outside upon their discovery, which happened about 5am.
However, the man allegedly “continued to loiter near the home” so police were called.
“Police located the man in a nearby park where he was taken into custody,” a WA Police spokesperson said.
The 45-year-old man, from the neighbouring suburb of Parmelia, was charged with trespassing by police and was due to appear in Rockingham Magistrates Court on December 16.
The Baldivis and Rockingham Facebook page that shared the story applauded the couple for the calm manner in which they “dealt with this situation” and added “whilst there are humorous aspects to this story... there is a very serious message in here as well”.
“Make sure your front doors, garage doors etc are locked (sic),” the page said.
“This is a true story, that thankfully had a positive ending for the owners (perhaps not a great ending for the man who was picked up by the police) but could have ended very differently.”
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