For years, YouTuber Charles Ross (a.k.a. RossCreations) has entertained his 560,000 subscribers, and infuriated millions more, with videos of his half-baked, invasive, and possibly illegal pranks. Some of his greatest hits include kissing strangers, getting into strangers' cars, and running around a playground full of scared kids while wearing a diaper. Most of them involve assaulting strangers in some way.
So it's no surprise that one of these stunts eventually landed Ross in handcuffs. Ross recently posted a video of himself "removing unnecessary stop signs" by physically taking them off their poles and putting them on the ground. In the video, which has since been deleted, he dresses like a city worker in a reflective vest and hard hat, telling the camera,
Hey guys, as a self-appointed city traffic flow coordinator, I think it's time now to remove some of these unnecessary stop signs. Like these, they're impeding the flow of traffic, they need to go.
Then he and his buddies guffaw as cars sail through the intersection, unaware of the danger they're in.
At the end of the video, Ross is seen being led out of his home in handcuffs by police officers. It's the funniest part.
Ross spent two days in jail before being released. Now he faces charges of third degree felony grand theft, carrying a maximum penalty of five years in prison. Claiming that he "doesn't have much money for legal fees or a lawyer," Ross has started a crowdfunding campaign on FundRazr for his legal defense. He's looking for $5,000 so he can get back on the street and keep his criminal prank career going.
On his campaign page, he writes:
I recently uploaded a video of myself removing a stop sign at a three way stop. The particular intersection had not had a stop sign at it for 18 years of my life. I put the signs next to the poles (off camera).
After posting the video of this, the police found and arrested me for one count of grand theft (a 3rd degree felony). If you're not interested in helping me because you think I'm an idiot, thats fine and I understand! If you are interested in helping me pay for legal defense, it would mean a lot to me!
I love you and appreciate your support!
In another video on his channel (that has also been deleted), Ross asked his followers to contribute to his fund, using a somber black background to prove how serious he is about this.
This is not the first time Ross has been arrested for his pranks. In 2013, at the age of 18, he posted a video entitled "Jumping over a cop." In this masterpiece, he (you guessed it) jumped over a cop seated on a park bench. Then he got hauled off to jail. That video, by the way, is still on YouTube.
Donate to Charles Ross today. Or, if you're feeling especially charitable, flush that money down the toilet.