When you’ve had a great night out with friends and overindulged a little, it can result in a somewhat haphazard journey home.
Many are left fumbling with their keys outside the front door and ringing the doorbell frantically to wake up their other half – and probably regret your actions in the morning.
But one man’s drunken night out led to much more embarrassing – and potentially serious – consequences after he tried to get into a stranger’s house, presumably thinking it was his own, at 7.30am on a Sunday.
Furious businesswoman Anna Dillon, from Glasgow, captured images of the man trying to get into her home on her CCTV system.
Assuming the man was a burglar and worried he might strike again, she posted a CCTV picture of him on social media with a description of what he was wearing and urged neighbours to keep a look-out for him.
Mrs Dillon, 48, was away on a trip to London but her elderly mother-in-law, who was in the house at the time, was woken by dogs barking and saw a hand at the window as the man tried to prise it open.
The man also tried to open the front door and went to the back of the house as well.
Mrs Dillon said: “It was like something out of a horror movie.”
Worried that the man was a burglar targeting homes in Newton, near Cambuslang, where she lives, the mum-of-one then reported the incident on her local Facebook group.
But it turned out the “thief” was actually a drunk man who thought Mrs Dillon’s house belonged to him.
The anonymous man posted a letter to Mrs Dillon explaining what had happened and including a grovelling – but very heartfelt – apology.
He wrote: “I cannot begin to express how sorry I am for my disturbance in the early hours of Sunday morning.
“I had been out that night and over indulged, I was completely disorientated and unaware of my surroundings.
“I believe I thought your home was my own.
“I understand there is no excuse for my actions and I am so sorry for my disturbing you. I would never wish anyone to feel unsafe or intimidated in their own home.
“Please accept my deepest apologies, I can only hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me.”
Mrs Dillon, who runs a catering business, said she was surprised to get the letter, but appreciated the apology.
She said: “A lot of people wouldn’t have bothered.
“It was a nice gesture. You don’t get that too often.
“It’s ended up quite nice after the initial shock but it still makes you feel on edge that someone has tried to get into your house.
“What if he had got in and my father-in-law and mother-in-law saw him?
“I’m pleased for my mother-in-law that she knows what happened. She is in her 70s and my father-in-law is in his 80s.”
Mrs Dillon urged the letter writer to hand himself into police.
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