LONDON – A US police force has received thousands of comedy responses after posting an image of a security camera that shows a man very much like the "Friends" character Ross Geller who steals beer from a restaurant.
Police in Blackpool, in northern England, shared the photo of the man on Tuesday, which shows the resemblance of David Schwimmer holding a box of beer.
The Blackpool police shared the image on their Facebook page and was inundated with comedy responses inspired by some of the iconic lines of the 1990s television show.
"It has not been his day, his week, his month or even his beer …" joked a collaborator.
"How did you manage to take that unnoticed?" Tommy Dunsmuir asked. "Was someone in a break?"
The police department seemed to enjoy the jokes of Facebook users, taking the time to clear the actor's name. "Thank you all for your quick responses," they said. "We have investigated this matter thoroughly and we have confirmed that David Schwimmer was in the United States on this date."
"We're sorry it has to be like that."
More than 100,000 users have joined, and several of them refer to the iconic theme of the program.
Police forces in Scotland also joined in the fun. The Dumfries and Galloway police shared the Facebook post and warned members of the public to stay away.
"It is known that he studied Karate and we believe that he has mastered the art of Unagi, the state of total consciousness," they said, referring to an episode of season 6 of the program in which Ross confused unagi (a Japanese eel) with zanshin ( a term used in Japanese martial arts).
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