A Tiktoker has been left stunned after her ‘petty’ neighbours demanded she remove her tiny doormat from outside of her flat door – only for it to mysteriously disappear.
Dominique Beining was away visiting a friend in London when she received the text from her ’embarrassed’ landlord apologising and explaining her neighbours had demanded the ‘tiny’ rug be moved inside her flat.
The 27-year-old claims a friend had bought the offending doormat for her as a gift just two days earlier, leaving her baffled how it caused offence as it was small, beige and had no writing or slogans on.
Despite laughing about the request with her landlord, upon returning home a couple of days later she discovered her doormat had disappeared.
Suspecting the upset neighbour to have taken it, the singer left a note in their communal hallway to the ‘snitch’ suggesting they should ‘relax’ – even pinning a Boots moisturising face mask to it to help them.
A Tiktoker has been left stunned after her ‘petty’ neighbours demanded she remove her tiny doormat from outside of her flat door – only for it to mysteriously disappear
The 27-year-old claims a friend had bought the offending doormat for her as a gift just two days earlier, leaving her baffled how it caused offence as it was small, beige and had no writing
Ms Beining shared her dispute her TikTok where she declared ‘the devil works fast but my middle-aged presumably unemployed neighbour works faster’, and it racked up more than 1.4million views, likes and comments.
Since then, the songwriter has bought a new doormat from Poundland, which she keeps on the inside of her flat and advises others to ‘light a candle for their petty neighbours because they must be struggling with something’.
Ms Beining, from Brighton, East Sussex, said: ‘I was staying at a friend’s house in London and I got a text from my landlord saying somebody had complained about my doormat.
‘It was the tiniest doormat I’d ever had in my life.
‘My friend bought it for me. She said ‘oh you should get a doormat because it’s going to rain’. It was a little gift.
‘My landlord’s quite funny, he’s a really nice man, so we just had a laugh about it.
‘Obviously in the text he said he was embarrassed because he’s also too laid back to be bothered by stuff. My landlord is the sweetest guy and I’m very lucky to have him.
‘I thought it was quite funny. I was just laughing at it really. I just couldn’t believe that somebody had that much time on their hands.
‘I know all my neighbours in my corridor. They’re always smiling at me and saying hi.
‘Why wouldn’t you just knock on my door or leave a note?’
The landlord’s original message to Ms Beining read: ‘Hey Dominique [how] are you doing! Hope you’re all well. I am sorry to ask, actually embarrassed to ask, but the neighbours have contacted me to ask that the mat outside the flat door go[es] inside. Please accept my apologies.’
While Ms Beining has no clue as to why her doormat was considered offensive, she was informed by others online that sometimes doormats can be considered a fire hazard.
Dominique Beining was away visiting a friend in London when she received the text from her ’embarrassed’ landlord apologising and explaining her neighbours had demanded the ‘tiny’ rug be moved inside her flat
On returning back to her flat however, she discovered her doormat was no longer there.
She posted follow-up videos on the subject with the hashtag ‘£pettytiktok’.
The singer retaliated by leaving a note in the hallway with a sheet mask attached to it which read: ‘To the person who snitched on me to my landlord. Please take this mask. You clearly need to relax.’
She said: ‘Two days after I got home from London, I came back and my doormat was gone. They’d thrown it. I think they binned it.
‘I have a busy life so I’m not too bothered by it. I hope they have a happy life with my doormat.
‘I think there are bigger issues in the world right now than worrying about the doormat.
‘I’d say to others struggling with their neighbours, if somebody has that much time on their hands, light a little candle for them because they must be struggling with something.
‘It’s sad, I wish them all the best, and I hope they heal with whatever they are going through.’