A TikTok allegedly showing a man at a mall pretending to be on the phone while secretly recording a video has gone viral. The video, posted by a TikToker named Jaime (@jaime.510), has racked up over 2.2 million views since it was posted Monday.
In the video, Jaime confronts the man and berates him for allegedly “picking up girls at the mall.” The video appears to be set at the Southland Mall in Hayward, California.
@jaime.510 I didn’t know how to react in this situation. I just wanted out of the mall Ton – Ja1m3
“Your camera’s on bro,” Jaime says at the beginning of the video. The man pulls the phone away from his ear and looks surprised, although it is later revealed he is not currently on the phone.
“You’re not even on the phone, bro,” Jaime continues. “What are you doing? You on that weird shit… you recorded.”
The man protests, but Jaime interrupts him.
“Be careful before I tell security, bro,” he says.
After a brief interaction between the two, Jaime orders the man to leave. The man agrees and Jaime follows him to the exit.
In comments, Jaime claims he posted TikTok as a “reconnaissance video” and eventually told security who “had [him] Send them screenshots of his face to the mall’s security phone.
Commentators supported Jaime.
“Thanks for calling him,” wrote one user. “You can’t imagine how often that happens.”
“Thank you for protecting women,” added another user.
“You must have sisters but that’s a whole lot of respect you show women and defend us from men like that,” said a third user. “I appreciate you!”
“I needed someone like that at the gym,” claimed another user.
Some said Jaime could have gone further.
“Should take his phone and check it out,” offered one commenter. “Protect the queens.”
In response, Jaime agreed.
“I forgot to get him to delete that shit,” he wrote in response. “I still feel damn bad. It was right at the moment I should have done it [delete] this shit on the spot.”
But other commentators said he did the right thing nonetheless.
As one user wrote, “Don’t beat yourself up about it. You spoke up anyway. It’s something most won’t do. Many Thanks.”
The Daily Dot contacted Jaime and Southland Mall via email. They did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
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*Initial publication: July 16, 2022 1:37 pm CDT
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