Fact Check: Security Footage Does NOT Show Nurse Saving A Woman From An Abusive Boyfriend-- It's Staged

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  • by: Sarah Thompson
Fact Check: Security Footage Does NOT Show Nurse Saving A Woman From An Abusive Boyfriend-- It's Staged Staged Skit

Did a nurse save a woman from an abusive boyfriend when the woman secretly passed her a message asking for help? No, that's not true: This scene, designed to look as if it was captured by a security camera, is a staged production using actors. The page that shared the video, "Jalals," is labeled as being from a comedian. The page has many such "caught on camera" videos. Another scenario, posted with no disclaimer that it is staged, features this same basic plotline and the same actors wearing the same clothes, only they are in a restaurant rather than a doctor's office when the woman passes a message to the waitress asking for help.

The video appears in a post (archived here) published by Jalals on April 20, 2021, under the title "NURSE SAVES GIRLS LIFE..". It opened:

Always look out for each other 😱🙌
NURSE SAVES GIRLS LIFE..

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Tue Apr 20 13:24:19 2021 UTC)

Another video published by the Facebook page Jalals, titled, "WAITRESS SAVED HER LIFE 😱🙏"shows a similar story purportedly caught on the security camera of a restaurant. In both skits, the boyfriend reacts with jealousy when the woman glances at a man wearing a brown sweatshirt who walks past. Below are screenshots from both videos showing the actors in both scenarios.

Waitresscompare.jpg

(Source: Lead Stories comparison of Facebook screenshots taken on Tue Apr 20 13:24:51 2021 UTC)

A situation similar to what is represented in these videos did really happen in Florida. The Volusia Sheriff's Office reported that On May 25, 2018, a woman was able to escape from her boyfriend who was threatening her at gunpoint, by convincing him to let her take their dog to the vet and then slipping a note to a veterinary staff member who alerted police. That scene was captured on the security cameras at the vet's office.


  Sarah Thompson

Sarah Thompson lives with her family and pets on a small farm in Southeastern Indiana. She founded a Facebook page and a blog called “Exploiting the Niche” in 2017 to help others learn about manipulative tactics and avoid scams on social media. Since then she has collaborated with journalists in the USA, Canada and Australia and since December 2019 she works as a Social Media Authenticity Analyst at Lead Stories.


 

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