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Video of seeming beach theft earns women an Internet shaming

Video Of Seeming Beach Theft Earns Women An Internet Shaming

A Florida beachgoer says his family's tent canopy, kid's toys and other beach supplies were nearly stolen by two thieves, and they might have gotten away with it ... if he didn't have his camera phone handy.

The video starts with the man walking up to the two women struggling to take down the metal canopy. Then, this happens.

"You need some help?"

"You know how to do it?"

"Yeah, this is our stuff."

"This is yours?!"


"Wait a minute ... this is ours."

"No. It is. This is all ours."

It happened July 4 at New Smyrna Beach in Florida. After some initial "confusion," one of the women tells the man to stop recording and threatens to put his camera "in the grass." It being a beach means the camera would've had to travel far.

Gawker spoke with the man who says he shot the video and who wanted to be identified by only his first name, Rich. He says he was vacationing with his family when they took his son back for a nap and came back to this sight.

"If I were to judge a book by its cover, theft would not have been my first thought. I honestly thought they were being neighborly because NSB is Mayberry on the beach. I was surprised when they said it was theirs and stuck with the story. ... I thought it was hilarious that this lady that was clearly in the wrong was actually coming at me.​"

WKMG spoke with local officials who say the women weren't there when authorities arrived. The man and his wife decided not to press charges.

WTVT says if charges were pursued, the women would be facing ​simple battery and grand theft.

Sounds like Internet shaming was enough punishment. And there has definitely been plenty of that.

One Reddit commenter says, "​What a stupid thing to try to steal. On a crowded beach, you're going to try to steal a canopy that you don't even know how to disassemble?"

Fox News anchors also chimed in.

"Let's get this straight. She's mad that he's filming her stealing his stuff. ... Come on. This is a huge tent. There is no way they thought that was theirs. They were definitely stealing it."

For now, the women's identities remain unknown. Local officials say since the family decided not to press charges, the case is now closed.

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honestyisbestpolicy July 08 2014 at 2:21 AM

The family is stupid for not pressing charges. Those two fat, WT "ladies" need to be in jail.

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kent_hern July 08 2014 at 2:12 AM

How much stuff do these beach pigs steal on a regular basis? Jail time!

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rudniski136 kent_hern July 08 2014 at 7:42 AM

Maybe not as much now that their faces are out there for the world to see.

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BoniLu kent_hern July 08 2014 at 9:08 AM

I agree Kent. They were caught red handed! How many times have they done this before? How may trusting people have had their belongings stolen by these greedy Beach HAGS?! How desperate can one be to attempt to pull such an underhanded act of disgrace?! In my opinion, they should have been charged with attempted theft, but the would be vacationers most likely didn't want to waste their time neing bothered dealing with any legal proceedings that they would need to persue following any charges. They aren't just theives, they are VERY stupid theives!!

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lunarstruck July 08 2014 at 1:58 AM

Shame on them for not pressing charges - now it is their fault too when these women steal from someone else.

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TommyD July 08 2014 at 12:47 AM

Welcome to the new America. This doesn't surprise me at all. This is just like the attorney that represents someone that everyone knows is guilty, yet the attorney puts in a not guilty plea. This also goes hand in hand with the, deny, deny, deny mentality that is in America now. It's gotten to the point that people caught on video have the nerve to say - that's not me on that video, you got DNA? Were you there? Prove it? It's sad but like I said, it doesn't surprise me at all. These are learned behaviors that have been used successfully by others in the past.
God help us.....Please

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Buckingham's July 08 2014 at 2:13 AM

Should have called the cops on these two slime balls.

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Daniel A. Wemhof Buckingham's July 08 2014 at 9:39 AM

the women weren't there when authorities arrived. The man and his wife decided not to press charges.

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rohrscheibcroh Daniel A. Wemhof July 08 2014 at 9:57 AM

the people should have detained them . people its up to us to prevent crime as well if you see something report it

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ranger197172 July 08 2014 at 12:16 AM

If someone is stealing food because they are hungry i can be sympathetic. Thieves in general should be prosecuted to the fullest.

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buddwhyzr July 08 2014 at 12:11 AM

"No wonder I can't get this tent down, it's not mine!-- How dare you record me stealing your stuff?"
I'm sure that woman's attorney will have him in court in no time.

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ranger197172 buddwhyzr July 08 2014 at 12:17 AM

And then he can have her charged with theft and battery.

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ram4131 ranger197172 July 08 2014 at 1:36 AM

Psssssst--I think he was being sarcastic

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ritteralvarez July 08 2014 at 12:21 AM

its obviosly they are repubs. They are stealing what isn't their AND lies are spewing from their mouths

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luialva July 08 2014 at 12:48 AM

Oh my 2 more White Conservative thieves in Florida.

The state is wall to wall with them .

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spdy65 July 08 2014 at 12:49 AM

Thieves SUCK.

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Hennessy spdy65 July 08 2014 at 3:25 AM

I think the problem is they need to.

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