A wildly viral TikTok video posted Sunday shows what the creator maintains is a shoplifting gone wrong, in which the getaway driver abandons the thief, leaving her to run from police arriving on the scene.
The video appears courtesy of the @faxisfax account, and has drawn an incredible 11.5 million views in less than 24 hours on the platform. The creator also posted two complimentary TikToks that have so far averaged about half a million views.
What’s more remarkable about those numbers is that the creator says it’s a repost, claiming that TikTok took down the original video.
According to the creator, the video was shot outside of a Hibbett Sports store, which based on additional info the creator provided about the location, was at 2302 Troy Road within the Edwardsville Marketplace in Illinois. The suburb is located about 20 miles from St. Louis.
The most popular video has an on-screen caption that reads, “Wait for it …” along with the observation, “When shoplifters take ALL the Nike but forget to unlock the door.”
The video shows a woman in the parking lot of a shopping mall, holding a great number of clothes on hangers, trying to get into a car through the rear driver’s side door. However, that door is locked, and while another person gets in through the front passenger’s side door, the woman with the clothes can’t get in.
The car then pulls away, leaving the woman to display an angry reaction and drop the clothes. Then, as a police officer pulls up to the scene, she breaks out into a slow run away from the scene—that causes the creator to audibly chuckle. The video cuts to the police officer managing to apprehend her in a different part of the parking lot.
One of the related videos adds the detail, by way of on-screen caption, “Her crew locked her out and abandoned her when the police rolled up,” adding a laughing emoji and the note, “They ran right by us.”
Another video, showing a short clip of the arrest, promised a story time video on the way.
Commenters generally shared in the creator’s amusement. One mused, “This her villain origin story.”
Another, noticing her footwear, observed, “She left her crocs in sport mode and got caught.”
A few people, however, expressed sympathy for the thief for being set up by her accomplices, and concluded that she would be volunteering their information to police.
The video also was cross-posted to Reddit via the r/ActualPublicFreakouts subreddit.
The Daily Dot has reached out to the Edwardsville Police Department for comment, who responded that they can’t confirm arrest details until after staff return from the Labor Day holiday.
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*First Published: Sep 6, 2021, 10:11 am CDT
Phil West is a veteran professional writer and editor, and the author of two books on soccer, ‘The United States of Soccer,’ and ‘I Believe That We Will Win,’ both from The Overlook Press. His work has appeared most recently in MLSSoccer.com, The Striker Texas, and Texas Highways. Based in Austin, he is also a lecturer in the Writing Program at the University of Texas at San Antonio.