Having your belongings repossessed by a bank hurts, but it’s worse when it’s done by accident.
That’s what one central Ohio woman claims happened to her.
“Katie Barnett says that the First National Bank in Wellston foreclosed on her house, even though it was not her bank,” 10TV.com reports.
“They repossessed my house on accident, thinking it was the house across the street,” Barnett explained.
Barnett added that she was away when the bank decided to break into her home and take her things.
She said she had “to crawl through the window of her own house in order to get in after she used her own key that did not work,” the report adds.
The report notes that most of her belongings were “hauled away,” some sold and others trashed.
Yes, the bank accidentally broke into her home and took her possessions thinking it had the correct house all along.
“They told me that the GPS led them to my house,” Barnett said. “My grass hadn’t been mowed and they just assumed.”
Local authorities, she added, were of little help.
“She called the McArthur Police about the incident, but weeks later, the chief announced the case was closed, the report notes.
She took her problem directly to the bank, presenting its president with a list totaling $18,000 for her stolen belongings.
He refused to pay.
“He got very firm with me and said, ‘We’re not paying you retail here, that’s just the way it is,’” Barnett said. “I did not tell them to come in my house and make me an offer. They took my stuff and I want it back.”
Shock has turned into anger.
“Now, I’m just angry,” she said. “It wouldn’t be a big deal if they would step up and say ‘I’m sorry, we will replace your stuff.’ Instead, I’m getting attitude from them. They’re sarcastic when they talk to me. They make it sound like I’m trying to rip the bank off. All I want is my stuff back.”
The bank president told 10TV.com they are trying to “come to terms” with Barnett.
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