A dad in Florida who was accused of literally trying to sell his baby in a pawn shop has claimed the whole thing was merely a social media stunt.
There are some people who will do almost anything in order to get five minutes of fame on social media. When we say some people, we really mean most people. Who reading this wouldn't love a witty tweet to go viral? Or be one of the lucky few to catch something on video that the world wants to see?
However, there are a select few who continue to go to dizzying heights in order to try and get that fame, and we don't mean that to be taken as a compliment. Some recent examples include a pair of YouTuber parents telling their daughter they were giving their dog away even though they weren't, or the mom accused of child abuse for forcing her unwilling children to be in her videos.
The latest example might well take the cake, though. CafeMom reports that security cameras caught a dad in Sarasota, Florida walk into a pawn shop and attempt to sell his baby. The father's offer was thankfully refused and once he had left the store, the owner called the police. Aside from the fact that it was a disturbing thing for a parent to do, there was also the possibility that the man wasn't the child's father at all.
After the Sarasota Police Department posted the security footage on its Facebook page, they discovered that the man was, in fact, the child's dad. They also found out his name, Brian Slocum. When questioned, Slocum revealed that the whole thing had been part of a social media prank, and he was apparently filming it all to post on Snapchat.
Since the man is the child's parent and he wasn't really trying to sell his baby, police will not pursue the case any further. However, the question remains, is something like this over the line when it comes to entertaining people on social media? Although no harm was done, the stunt has resulted in a man being questioned by police, and we'd imagine a fair few people in his neighborhood aren't that impressed with him either.