I caught a thief with hidden camera – but housemates are fuming I filmed them’
A woman said she landed herself in hot water with her housemates after installing a hidden camera in their kitchen to find out who was stealing food from the fridge
A woman said she upset her housemates after installing a hidden camera in their shared house – as they said it was an invasion of their privacy.
Sharing her story anonymously, the woman said that someone had been stealing her food from the fridge and she’d been unable to confirm who it was.
She had three housemates, Sara, Kate, and Zoe, and while she had her suspicions she had no way to be sure – so she hid a camera in the fridge to gather evidence.
But after her housemates discovered that she had been filming them without her knowledge they became furious, and soon they turned on her instead of the thief.
Taking to Reddit, the woman said: “We have a shared fridge, where we have a shelf for each of our stuff. I have noticed that my food and milk constantly go missing.
“I always believed it was Kate because she is awake late in the night and I tend to notice my stuff missing in the morning, I have asked all of them about it and Kate gets all defensive and says I shouldn’t accuse her when I have no proof.
“I was complaining about it to my friend, and he said he was in a similar situation and he got a fridge camera. I thought this was a great idea. I got one, placed it discreetly inside the fridge, and decided to wait a week.
“Sure enough, it was Kate, raiding my food daily. I confronted her about it because now I had proof. I showed her the footage, told her to never do it again, and that she should repay me for what she took.
“She went ape s**t. She said how dare I put a camera in the shared kitchen without asking the others first, and how it’s so invasive to record others in their own home.
“I explained the camera only recorded the inside of the fridge, not the whole kitchen, but she didn’t care.
“She has since said she’ll never be able to feel safe in her own home again. Zoe has sided with her and they’re both calling me an a*e and saying I should’ve asked everyone first, even though this would’ve defeated the whole purpose.
“I said none of this would’ve happened if Kate hadn’t been stealing my food and lying about it.”
After sharing her story online, the woman was offered advice from other Reddit users who were divided by the post but mostly sided with her.
One said: “This is normal behaviour for someone caught doing something wrong by trying to deflect.
“From your point of view, all the other housemates denied it, so either one was lying or there was an intruder coming in, which is a real reason not to feel safe in your own home.”
But another wrote: “I don’t think you can place a camera in someone’s home without their knowledge and expect them to be chill about it.”
Then a third added: “You’re not breaking anyone’s privacy, you just wanted to see who was stealing your food.
“I feel like all three of your roommates don’t really appreciate that part.”