New Yorkers are known for being unflappable. They’ve seen it all, from public urination to the Naked Cowboy in Times Square. But one Manhattan native, actor Michael Rappaport, was oddly shocked last week to see a man brazenly shoplifting in a Rite Aid.
The 51-year-old whipped out his phone just after a man allegedly filled a bag with Trojan condoms, shampoo, conditioner, soap, an electric shaver, Old Spice, Axe products, cologne, toothpaste, and other toiletries. He filmed the sticky-fingered dude as he made for the exit – and as a security guard stood by, oblivious (or uninterested) in the crime in progress.
What did I just witness?
Dude went straight shopping pic.twitter.com/0vQRCpGsVv
— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) January 25, 2022
“I can’t believe I’m seeing this shit,” Rappaport says in the video. “This fucking guy just filled his two bags up with everything in Rite Aid, right here on 80th and First Avenue is walking down the street like shit.”
Rappaport followed the man outside and continued filming, commenting, “Looking me in my face like, ‘What’s good?’ My man just went Christmas shopping in January.”
We’re surprised Rappaport could see anything at all, given the pedestal of wealthy white male privilege he’s perched on. But that’s OK, Twitter set this knucklehead straight.
The real question is why is a person in a situation where they need to steal shampoo. Did you offer to buy it for them? Do we know the story behind this?
— HollyGrace (@GraceHolly13) January 26, 2022
You witnessed a person steal things they can’t afford and a security guard not willing to risk his health and safety for low wages.
— Jason HustleHoff (@JasonHustleHoff) January 26, 2022
If you were so outraged, you could have stopped him… but all you’re good for is yelling in videos on the internet. In the real world, you’re a weak liberal wuss.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) January 26, 2022
In other words, sit down and shut up, Michael. You’re the embarrassment to New York in this scenario, not the so-called thief. Don’t you know the NYC motto? If you see someone shoplifting…no, you didn’t.
Cover Photo: Bravo (Getty Images)
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