Two videos have surfaced recently on social media in which two young persons are seen removing items and running with them.
In one of the videos, a young male removed two bottles from a shop and runs, and in the other, a young female grabs produce from a vendor’s stall and runs.
Some persons claim it is a “prank”. However, not everyone believes that.
The videos have captured the attention of a number of public officials and figures. One of them is well-known crime investigator, Sergeant Shervon Matthew who posted his own video to warn persons to stop the act, whether it is a prank or not.
In his one-and-half-minute video, Matthew said he had the opportunity to view the videos between last night and this morning. He went on to say that he is not sure if the acts are real or a prank but he is encouraging those doing it to stop because it is “not right”.
Matthew said if the acts are real, the persons involved are committing the offence of stealing.
He said: “I don’t know if it’s real, I don’t know if it’s a prank but whatever it is I am enourageing persons who do that to stop it. It’s not right.
“You actually committing the offence of stealing. Stealing is taking someone’s property without their consent and it’s a criminal offence and you could be arrested for it.
“I could go as far as saying that you may end up doing it to the wrong person, you may end up doing it to somebody who doesn’t think it’s a joke and your life could be in danger.
“Let’s say for instance you do that to someone who has a licensed firearm and that person retaliates by opening fire at you, what would be the outcome? Whoever you all are, whoever is doing those videos nd spreading it, please stop, please, please, please sto. I am begging you to please stop,” Matthew urged.
The cop said he re-posted the videos so members of the public could see what he is talking about.
In response, two young persons claimed the videos are pranks.
“Shoot my ass for what? When the whole thing was planned lmao …,” one person wrote.
The other stated: “It’s a prank & they ask for permission before they do anything lool.”
Human rights activist Felicia Browne does not think the videos are funny.
She shared Matthew’s post and wrote: “Hey Children of Saint Lucia. Stop this. It is illegal and there is no humor in this. The market vendor deserves Respect and Dignity.”
The majority of the persons who responded to Matthew’s post are in agreement with him.
One Tamara Joseph wrote: “God forbid it goes wrong and they get hurt or even worst end up dead then everyone will say it was a joke. Stop this nonsense. what is entertaining about this?…Nothing absolutely nothing.”
One Irvin Springer also wrote: “But these young people stupid . If it is not a prank then they are recording themselves commiting crimes. We live in a society where everyone knows everybody so the Police cannot identify these kids ?? Oh crap I forgot in Saint Lucia the Police are not proactive but reactive do a report has to be made first.”