A Sydney-based influencer has shared the bizarre moment police came to her door after receiving reports she had breached Greater Sydney’s stay-at-home orders while filming a TikTok.
Influencer Millie Ford, who has over 870,000 followers on her TikTok account, shared a story to Instagram, detailing her run-in with the police over her whereabouts.
"The police just showed at my door looking for me," she explained in an Instagram story. "Because I was reported for allegedly filming a TikTok outdoors yesterday."
Admitting she was "really emotional" and "upset" over the encounter, she told police she had filmed her TikTok video inside her North Sydney apartment.
"I'm super vigilant about [obeying lockdown rules,]" Ms Ford said. "I'm so scared of doing the wrong thing."
However, the young woman found a creative way to prove she was at home as she promised — by showing them her TikTok page.
TikTok 'proved her innocence'
Ms Ford said she offered to show the police her TikTok videos to prove she was at home.
"[I was] standing at the front door in my tracksuit, crying and showing these two cops that TikTok to prove my innocence," she said.
"[This] included going through my drafts and latest posts," she told Yahoo News Australia. "So I went through some of my drafts and then they said 'actually, can we just see what you've posted in the last 24 hours.'"
In an Instagram story, she then performed a 'reenactment' of the situation, showing her wiping away tears whilst standing at her front door, holding up her phone with the music playing.
Ms Ford then cut to a TikTok she has posted a couple of hours prior, showing her performing a 'teacher strut' in slow motion, with rap music in the background, as per request from a TikTok follower.
"It was a bit embarrassing at the time because the video I showed them was a funny TikTok trend in my teacher character but it ended up being a great story," she said.
According to Ms Ford, her video was enough proof that she didn't breach lockdown rules.
"They just stood there and just kind of [said] okay yeah, that's enough, you don't have to do this," she said.
It's unclear what rules Ms Ford was reported for breaching while filming outside.
A spokesperson for NSW Police previously told Yahoo News officers across the state act on information from the public concerning people who may be in breach of the current health orders.
Further freedoms in NSW are anticipated in late October or early November when the state's population hits 80 per cent fully vaccinated.
Bondi influencer's post sparks police visit
It's not the first time an influencer has been the subject of a police visit for a snap posted to social media.
Bondi-based model Dominique Elissa posted a TikTok in July saying she'd had police check she was obeying health orders after several people complained she was holidaying on the NSW South Coast, rather than at home.
“The weirdest thing just happened, two police just rocked up at our house and needed to check I was here because they’ve gotten multiple complaints from people saying I am in Jervis Bay,” she said in the video.
“I posted a throwback like a few days ago and I’m literally in so much shock that people went to the extent to call the police.”
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