Fact Check: Police Officer Did NOT Assist Homeless Man Showering In Car Wash -- It's a Skit

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  • by: Sarah Thompson
Fact Check: Police Officer Did NOT Assist Homeless Man Showering In Car Wash -- It's a Skit Scripted Scene

Did a police officer help a homeless man who was trying to take a shower in a car wash? No, that's not true: This three-minute video drama was originally posted by Blake K, a video producer who makes short skits for social media. This video was originally posted with the disclaimer: "The events that take place in this particular short-film video are for entertainment or educational purposes only."

The video was originally posted by Blake K on May 30, 2021. The video was re-uploaded and posted to Facebook again on June 5, 2021. It was captioned:

If we had more people like this the world would be a better place. #heartfelt

This is how the video appeared on Facebook on June 9, 2021:

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(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Wed Jun 09 18:59:19 2021 UTC)

The video shows a "businessman" strip down to his shorts and hang his clothes off to the side. He tries to use the car wash water to take a shower but struggles with the extended length of the metal spray nozzle. This scene is made as if "caught on tape" and the two women who are purportedly filming the man trying to shower discuss what he is doing. A police officer arrives and kindly helps the man, even scrubbing his back with the car wash brush attachment.

This video is scripted and the people who appear in it are actors.

This original video was posted by Blake K with this caption:

THIS is what it looks like when LOVE WINS ❤️
I wish it always turned out like this...
The video had this disclaimer:

This is a dramatization of real events. Please note that this page features scripted dramas, parody and satire. The events that take place in this particular short-film video are for entertainment or educational purposes only.

Lead Stories has written about other "caught on camera" three-minute skit videos in the past and explained what is behind them:

Currently Facebook has a monetization program that will allow some content creators to make money from ads that are shown along with their content. Not all content qualifies to be monetized. A creator needs to be popular and have a large audience. Two of the requirements for eligibility for 'in-stream ads' listed on the Facebook for Business lessons mention three-minute-long videos:

Have 30,000+ 1-minute views
This metric helps determine how successfully you'll be able to monetize with in-stream ads. In the last 60 days, you need to have had at least 30,000 one-minute views on videos that are at least three minutes long.

Publish videos eligible for in-stream ads
To be eligible for in-stream ads, your videos must be at least 1 minute long. If your content is longer than 3 minutes, we recommend you program your content to have a natural break at the 1-minute mark. Please note that while in-stream monetization supports content less than 3 minutes long, the requirements around publishing 3 minute video content must be met in order to include in-stream ads in your videos

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  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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