LONDON – It is likely that no one told David Schwimmer that life after "Friends" was going to be like that.
More than a decade after the end of the iconic NBC comedy, the beloved character Ross Geller continues to entertain people, at least on this Facebook page of the British police.
"Do you recognize this man?" Blackpool Police he asked on social media on Tuesday. "We want to talk to him about a robbery in a Blackpool restaurant on September 20," the post said.
The simple question was quickly answered by thousands of people who could quickly identify the man in question. For them, the answer was easy: the suspect was clearly Ross.
"I do not think it was the day of this boy, his week, his month or even his year", he read one of the answers, to the delight of many, referring to the annoying and catchy theme of the series.
"The One where Ross became a thief," wrote one fan, giving the event its own title in the style of the hit show.
"Please approach us with caution, it is known that he studied Karate and we believe he has mastered the art of Unagi, the state of total consciousness," wrote another, referring to the popular episode in which Ross makes some questionable comments about sushi and Self-defense
The man in question, who was caught by the camera grabbing what appears to be a beer box, is wanted in connection with a robbery that took place in a restaurant last month.
Declared by some as "Facebook publication of the year", the responses multiplied rapidly. As of Wednesday, the appeal had accumulated more than 79,000 shares and more than 120,000 comments.
While some speculated that the driver of the getaway was "stuck in the second gear," others avoided thinking of their classmates Rachel and Monica, who definitely would not be impressed by Ross's latest joke, prone to accidents.
After a lot of jokes that demonstrated an encyclopedic knowledge of references in the comments section, the Blackpool Police issued a follow-up statement:
"Thank you all for your quick responses. We have thoroughly investigated this matter and confirmed that David Schwimmer was in the United States on this date. We regret that it has to be like that, "they concluded.
While many comments focused on Ross' most iconic scenes, some people could not resist recalling their favorite "Friends" moments of all time. One user, channeling another character, the often disjointed Joey Tribbiani, wrote:
"Guys, this is serious … it was a theft based on give and take, as well as having and sharing, and the stolen items that they give and have are shared and received, and through this having, giving, sharing and receiving , we can also share, love and have … and receive. "
This is not the first time that a call by the police to obtain information on social networks has taken an unexpected turn. In 2015, the police force of Kent in England mocked after sharing a sketch of a wanted suspect who looked a lot like Fred Flintstone. "Yabba-dabba does not come near," I read a warning of the time.
The representatives of Schwimmer did not respond immediately to a request for comments.