TikTok user Aussie lawyer Monique Tavares living in the US ‘mortified’ after $9 Kmart product almost got her arrested
TikTok user Aussie lawyer Monique Tavares living in the US ‘mortified’ after $9 Kmart product almost got her arrested

TikTok user Aussie lawyer Monique Tavares living in the US ‘mortified’ after $9 Kmart product almost got her arrested

An Australian lawyer living in the US has described the awkward moment she was “almost arrested” after her innocent $9 Kmart product was mistaken for a gun.

Monique Tavares has been adapting to a new life abroad after moving from Sydney to Cleveland to be with her NBA fiancé Didi Louzada.

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In an amusing TikTok video, the 29-year-old expat said she was visiting a casino when two American police officers stopped her in her tracks for carrying what appeared to be a “weapon” hiding under her baggy shirt.

The object in question was a Kmart camera tripod that she had tucked into the front of her pants.

Monique Tavares was ‘mortified’ after she was ‘almost arrested’ over her innocent $9 Kmart product. credits: Monique Tavares

“I am mortified,” Monique said in horror.

“I’m new to the city and basically I live across from the casino. I was like, I’m gonna go to the casino because that’s where my closest Starbucks is and I want to get Starbucks.

“So I go to the casino, it’s my first time there, I sign in with my Australian passport and I’m chatting to the people, saying: ‘I’m new to the city’.”

‘Me? A weapon?’

After signing in, Monique started wandering around “exploring” the casino.

“I’m walking around for like one to two minutes, having a look around. I thought, ‘I’ll just grab my Starbucks and I’m going to explore my city a little bit’,” she recalled.

“Anyway, I’m walking around and I get approached by two police officers. They’re like, ‘Excuse me ma’am, we have a reason to believe that you’re concealing a weapon’.

“I’m like, ‘Me? A weapon?’ I was like, ‘Look at the size of my bag, it’s teeny tiny, there’s no way I’m concealing a weapon. What do you mean?’”

Upon lifting her top, the 29-year-old reveals she was carrying a camera tripod, which police initially thought was a ‘gun’. credits: Monique Tavares

As the officers “searched” her, they found the unusual product hiding under her top.

Looking at the camera, Monique lifted her top to “whip out” the adjustable tripod.

“Guys, (it was) my camera tripod. Oh my god. They thought it was a gun,” she said in disbelief.

‘Only happens to me’

Monique said she and the officers burst out laughing upon making the amusing discovery.

“We all looked at each other and had a big laugh about it afterwards,” she said.

“They were actually so nice and lovely and friendly! Just doing their job.”

She said laughing: “This would only happen to me.”

Monique has been living in the US after basketball star Didi Louzada proposed to her in November 2021. credits: Didi Louzada

In the video caption, Monique joked: “What $9 Kmart item almost got me arrested in the US? We are not in Australia anymore.”

Her video has been viewed more than 170,000 times – with one asking: “Literally who holds their tripod there?!” to which Monique joked: “Obviously me.”

‘The audacity’

Many couldn’t help but laugh at what would have been a “scary” ordeal.

“Your reaction would’ve been priceless when they approached you,” one said.

Another suggested: “This girl was so funny. Oh my god I can’t believe that happened, I would have been terrified.”

One joked: “The audacity.”

While another added: “Hahahahahahahahaha this is so good.”

Monique has been living in the US after the basketball star proposed to her in November 2021.

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