If you saw CCTV footage of a man running full-tilt down the street with a household appliance on his shoulder, you’d be more than a little suspicious. For some reason, washing machine theft seems to be a real problem in the Philippines, and there’s lots of security cam videos to prove it.
But as this particular CCTV footage from Brgy. 446 Zone 44 in Sampaloc, Manila, made the social-media rounds, something is clearly different. First of all, the streets were full of witnesses, owing to the fact that this bold heist happened in broad daylight.
A couple of bystanders looked way too stunned to react to the washing machine being hauled down the street. But what’s this—one guy raises his arms looking like he’s cheering it all on.
Apparently it’s was all a game. A giant barangay-wide party game organized to celebrate the local fiesta.
Speaking on the television show On Record, barangay chairman King Ancheta confirmed that they were all in on it. The novel take on the traditional palaro had one person per household allowed to join, as the proceedings were monitored on public CCTV.
The grand finale had participants scrambling to find a washing machine (!), for which the prize was Php500. According to GMA Public Affairs, the winner was barangay resident Dean Lester Peñamente, who split the prize with the neighbor who lent him the washing machine.
This article, Guy caught on CCTV running off with a washing machine was no thief; he was just playing ‘Bring Me’, originally appeared on Coconuts, Asia’s leading alternative media company.