Like Shaggy, David Schwimmer swears it wasn’t him.
Schwimmer, famous for his role as Ross Geller on “Friends,” took to social media this week to respond to accusations that he is the suspected beer bandit running around Blackpool, England. And, to be honest, it’s one hilarious defense.
The 51-year-old actor posted a short video to Twitter on Wednesday clearing his name. The clip showed him slowly jogging down a supermarket aisle holding a case of beer. Check it out below:
— schwim (@DavidSchwimmer) October 24, 2018
“Officers, I swear it wasn’t me. As you can see, I was in New York,” Schwimmer tweeted alongside the video. “To the hardworking Blackpool Police, good luck with the investigation. #itwasntme”
Why is the actor being called a thief? It all started on Tuesday, Oct. 23, when Blackpool Police posted a still from CCTV footage to its Facebook page showing a man stealing cans of beer. And the thief so happens to be a Schwimmer lookalike.
The police have since taken down their post, but you can see the accused on the left below — along with a funny “Friends” reference from the Manchester Evening News.
He was on a break (in New York)https://t.co/AwgmDP6B0W
— Manchester News MEN (@MENnewsdesk) October 24, 2018
When Blackpool detectives asked for help identifying the man caught on camera, the “Friends” jokes started rolling in — and continued after Schwimmer posted his response. Take this one from Twitter user, @trishhyland, who riffed off of the “Friends” theme song:
When it hasn't been your day, your week, your month, or even your beer 😂🤣🍻
— Trish (@trishhyland) October 24, 2018
Or this one from Twitter user @Susie61180, who dubbed Schwimmer’s video, “The One Where Ross Brings All the Beers.”
The one where Ross brings all the beers 😅 pic.twitter.com/RBUPIF9wB5
— Susie (@Susie61180) October 24, 2018
Twitter user @Adronski even suggested to Schwimmer that it was Russ, a nod to the character who played Ross Gellar’s hilarious lookalike on “Friends.”
ITS RUSS!!! pic.twitter.com/81QDJVXy6L
— Andrew Hanson (@Andronski) October 24, 2018
And Twitter user @Nehaajainn poked fun at the episode where Ross steals hotel toiletries during a visit to Vermont.
The Blackpool Police, for their part, got a kick out of Schwimmer’s video, which he cross-posted to his Facebook page. The department shared the clip to its page, along with the caption, “Thanks for being there for us David Schwimmer. We appreciate your support!“
To be clear, Blackpool Police did rule out Schwimmer as a suspect after confirming that the “American Crime Story” actor was indeed thousands of miles away in the United States. But his doppelgänger is still out there, for now.
Call this episode “The One Where Ross Has Sticky Fingers.”