Chinese short-video platform Tik Tok has been buzzing with videos of people removing Mercedes Benz emblems off cars' hoods - all for fun. The craze originated from a meme showing two photos - one depicting a person removing the Mercedes logo and the other showing the iconic three-pointed star logo being used as a lunch box segregated into three sections. (Yes, really!)
According to CGTN, the 25-year-old from Zhejiang province reportedly made off with 12 Mercedes badges before cops ended his stealing spree and arrested him after a call from one of the car owners. He was identified after police found surveillance footage of him getting out of his white car and popping the logo before driving off. Cops arrested the man from his rented apartment and retrieved all the stolen badges.
Chinese Internet was divided on the dangerous trend of people aping online videos to gain popularity, reports South China Morning Post. While some blamed the man for his actions, others said the desire to get more viewers online encouraged anti-social, illegal behaviour among citizens.
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