Friendly neighborhood Spiderman heroically saves his own ass.
The greatest escape of the Walmart generation. (via WKRG)
Amazing footage of the incredible escape by a suspected shoplifter who employees are now calling Spiderman went viral today after Mobile, Alabama resident Brannan Lynn caught the whole thing on tape.
"He sticks his feet through the ceiling by the entrance door," Lynn told WSFA, "hangs himself on top of the door frame, jumps down and somehow gets away with 30 people standing around him...it's the craziest thing I've ever seen."
According to Lynn, it all began when the suspect dropped his allegedly pilfered items ("a bag with shoes in it, a hat, a watch") while he was struggling with security outside the store. The suspect was led into the store's security room, but he busted out of there, ran into the adjacent in-store McDonald's, and then, astonishingly, jumped up onto a table, pushed a ceiling tile away, and pulled himself up into the duct system.
It is estimated that the suspect ran through 20ft of the duct system before deciding he had gotten to the right spot to kick through the ceiling.
The video cuts out there because Brannan's phone ran out of space, so he had to "immediately grab my dad's phone and continue on there."
How he manages to get away is the most amazing thing about it. Somehow, he just runs past the guards and away to freedom.
I had a quick Facebook chat with Brannan Lynn about what happened:
Me: Were any authorities in the McDonald's as he made his way into the ceiling (Walmart security, police, etc.)?
Brannan: Loss prevention officers, police took forever to get there. They were of no help.
Me: What did [the loss prevention officers] do while he was jumping into the ceiling?
Brannan: Run around frantically with no idea how to handle it. One person was extremely professional, everyone else looked ridiculous.
Me: How do you think he knew how to crawl through the ducts to the entrance like that? Did it seem like the guy had a plan?
Brannan: I really have no idea. I know that it was the most awesome thing I've ever seen, and he was determined not to get caught.
Me: Why did you turn the camera away?
Brannan: They were being so obnoxious about telling me to stop recording
Me: Why was no one able to catch him when he jumped down?
Brannan: I have absolutely no idea. They could have easily grabbed him.
Me: Were you hoping he would get away?
Brannan: I hope he never gets caught. That guy is my hero