A real estate agent from Canada has been fined $15,000 after a surveillance camera caught him drinking milk that belonged to the homeowner.
Mike Rose was caught on a Ring camera in the city of Kamloops walking over to the homeowner’s fridge, grabbing a carton of milk, and taking a big drink from it before putting it back.
Rose apologized for his actions but the upset owner, Lyska Fullerton, says that he is not welcome in her home and has found another agent to sell their property.
According to a consent order released by the British Columbia Financial Services Authority, Rose says that he was “unusually dehydrated” at the time because of new medication he was on and was also under “considerable stress.”
He also claims that he was looking for water when he opened the fridge but drank the milk when he couldn’t find any.
“It’s just a little bit more than a slap on the wrist, which is good,” Fullerton, the homeowner, tells CBC. “It’s definitely a fine that’s going to put a little dent in him.”
Fullerton posted footage of the incident, which took place in July 2022, to her Facebook page.
“When you have professionals in your home … you feel like you can trust them,” she says. “And I learned quite a lesson in this.”
Rose calls his actions “unfortunate” and “uncharacteristic.” He says that he will take the time to consider his behavior and won’t repeat the same mistake again in the future.
“I have never done this kind of thing before, nor will I ever behave in this way again,” Rose tells CBC in a statement.
Rose has since moved to a new firm but has agreed to pay the Financial Services Authority 20,000 Canadian dollar ($15,000) plus another $1,875 in enforcement expenses.
The Ubiquity of Cameras
The rise of home security cameras caught this real estate agent out but in the future he should be less surprised as Ring and other such companies proliferate their customer base.
In June, PetaPixel reported on how the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) charged Ring with customer privacy violations, including allowing any employee or contractor to access consumers’ private videos.