A police search for a thief in Britain turned into a comedy of sorts as social media users responded to a photo of the suspect that even got the attention of a former “Friends” actor.
When police in Blackpool, England, posted a surveillance video photo of the man suspected of stealing a jacket, wallet and cellphone from a restaurant, they never expected the more than 140,000 responses on their Facebook page.
Neither did actor David Schwimmer who bore an uncanny resemblance to the suspect, as thousands pointed out in comments on the Blackpool Police’s Facebook page.
“Do you recognise this man? We want to speak to him in relation to a theft at a Blackpool restaurant on the 20th September,” the caption read.
In no time, the consensus was that it just had to be the “Friends” star or Ross, the character he played on the popular sitcom that aired from 1994 until its finale in 2004. The Facebook page was bombarded with quotes from the show and references to the show’s theme song, “I’ll Be There For You,” by the Rembrandts.
“I don’t think it’s been this guy’s day, his week, his month or even his year,” Nick Croston commented.
“I’m surprised you’ve not found him… it’s like you’re always stuck in second gear,” Olly Byrne quipped.
Schwimmer himself joined the fun, posting a message swearing “it wasn’t me” with a video that has been viewed over one million times.
— schwim (@DavidSchwimmer) October 24, 2018
Blackpool police confirmed that Schwimmer was not in the UK at the time of the alleged crime.
“Thank you to everyone for your speedy responses. We have investigated this matter thoroughly and have confirmed that David Schwimmer was in America on this date,” they wrote, according to the BBC.
“We’re so sorry it has to be this way.”
They gave the actor a shout-out of thanks on Wednesday in another Facebook post.
“Thanks for being there for us David Schwimmer,” they wrote. “We appreciate your support!”
The comments, meanwhile, were a festival of “Friends” quotes that even got the Scottish police involved as they warned the public to “keep away” from the suspect.
“He is known to have studied Karate and we believe he has mastered the art of Unagi, the state of total awareness,” they wrote.
“Shouldn’t he be at work…or is he on a break?” Joe Richardson commented, using some of Ross’s quotes as did many other Facebook users.
“Apparently the police had him cornered then he performed a pivot manoeuvre and escaped,” Jay Murdoch wrote.
“I saw him behind me in the shop around that time.. just as I was paying for MY SANDWICH,” added Craig Thompson.
Grace Higham reminded everyone that the crime committed was real.
“He’s a thief and it’s serious,” she wrote. “But these comments are hilarious.”