A man returned to his apartment in New York City recently to find that nearly everything he owned had been removed.
And no, he wasn't the victim of a cruel prank or even a crime. It was a terrible mistake. A rubbish removal service had taken his belongings.
"Just think of everything that you've acquired in your lifetime in your house just gone!" the tenant, Nilay Shroff, told WABC-TV.
He said that he had returned one day after work and came home to a cleared out apartment.
"Right here, I had a dresser before, in here was completely empty, my air conditioner was still in there, my microwave, all of my pots and pans, every single cabinet was just cleared out," Shroff said, "I literally had the clothes that I was wearing on my back and nothing else."
Thinking that he was the victim of a burglary, he called the police. Investigators soon learned that he wasn’t the victim of a crime. Rather, they told him, he was the victim of a terrible mixup.
"The cops were like, 'We've never seen anything like this.' They were laughing," Shroff said.
The police eventually learned from the landlord that the removal service meant to clean out apartment 2D, not apartment 2B.
"It's every single piece of clothing that I owned. Like, underwear, I have to go to Target the next morning to just buy underwear," Shroff said.
The computer technician has since started to replace his missing things, but says there still a lot of work to be done.
"I was just shocked, in shock," Shroff said.
He has also filed a lawsuit and is demanding $40,000 in damages.
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