A Canadian realtor found himself in hot water for drinking his client’s milk without permission.
The British Columbia Financial Services Authority (BCFSA) enacted a C$20,000 fine against Michele (Mike) Rose for “conduct unbecoming a licensee” when he consumed milk directly from a container that was in the refrigerator of his homeowner client in July 2022. Rose did not have permission from his client to help himself to the refrigerator’s contents and did not acknowledge his action until the client reviewed a surveillance camera video taken during Rose’s time in the residence.
Rose was also ordered to pay the BCFSA C$2,500 in enforcement expenses.
“Licensees are expected to act with professionalism, integrity, and honesty, to ensure their actions on or off the job don’t damage how the public views real estate professionals,” said Jon Vandall, vice president of compliance and enforcement at BCFSA. “The public’s confidence in the real estate industry is undermined when a real estate licensee violates the trust consumers place in them.”