A home which was listed for sale online gained thousands of views in just a few days – for all the wrong reasons.
Not everyone taking a look was in the market for a new property and were instead drawn to the online advert after sharp-eyed house-hunters spotted something very suspicious in one of the photos.
The listing on website Zillow, which gave an asking price of around £128,000, has since been taken down after it attracted 29,000 views on its first day and led to the homeowner being bombarded with inquiries.
In among the photos of the home in Michigan was a snap of the spacious kitchen, showing wooden cabinets, granite worktops and an island in the middle.
On the counter sits what appears to be a plate with five neat lines of a white powdery substance, as reported by WXYZ .
Hundreds of viewers commented, with many saying it resembled cocaine, and even questioned if could land the current occupiers in hot water.
However, the boyfriend of the homeowner came forward to claim the whole thing had been a joke.
Talking to 7 Action News, the man known only as Jeff said: “I was like, I’m wondering if I did something like this if anybody would even notice or if somebody did notice it, that it would go viral and it went viral.
“It went too viral.”
Jeff said he created the scene by putting lines of headache powder on a plate but claims he took down the photo after it got ‘way out of hand’ as he was left fielding more than 100 calls, texts and emails.
Asked if he was happy with the popularity of the listing, he said: “Yes and no.”
However, Zillow said it had been the one to remove the listing, with a spokesperson saying it had violated its ‘Good Neighbour Policy’.
A local police lieutenant said the force won’t be carrying out an investigation into the image as ‘there are too many legal questions to establish probable cause for a search warrant’.
He added that even if it had been a stunt, he ‘wouldn’t recommend’ anyone stages a scene like that to boost interest in a home listing.