I’ve had many strange REO assignments, I’m practically immune to the weird ones by now, but the most frightening one of all was a townhouse that had been vacant for several months. Odd paint schemes on the walls, bizarre posters, the usual REO property , but there was an eerie sound coming from behind one of the walls. It made my hair stand on end, it was a human voice and clearly in pain and I called the cops. They must have been having a slow day because 3 cars arrived quickly and they Johnny Ramboed the place next door quickly. I waited in the REO unit like a good boy and several minutes later the head cop came in and explained what they found. He said “What you heard was not a human being tortured or in distress, it was a bootleg copy of Neil Young performing in the Sam Houston Coliseum in 1973.” He said the boys living in that unit adjacent to the unit I was appraising were curious about why I called. Tried to blame me for something. I suspect it wasn’t the music, they were probably smoking marijuana cigarettes while listening to that music and I spoiled their party.
Last year I went into a really bad REO. Someone had put a thin sheet of plywood over a hole in the floor covered in dust. I stepped on it and fell, luckily I caught myself by my arms and pulled myself up. At first I thought it was just junk but it was apparent that the trap was deliberate.