By Ben Cost
It was an a-flop-alyptic display.
After acting as though he had been struck by a car in an outrageous performance for the ages, a man from Hong Kong redefined the phrase “taking the show on the road.” On Twitter, a video of his World Cup-caliber injury appeal has received close to 155,000 views, with viewers mocking the fraudster’s acting.
The crash-for-cash scheme was executed on January 1 in Mongkok after the unnamed con man pretended to be a car accident victim in an effort to obtain compensation for injuries, according to Asia Wire. Due to their propensity for shattering at the slightest touch, these con artists are also referred to as “porcelain” con artists.
The startling POV footage was captured from the driver’s dashcam and begins with the driver turning the corner and the man charging toward her. The driver notices the man and almost comes to a complete stop. However, the street performer leaps dramatically off the hood, rolls off, and then saunters exaggeratedly away.
But the faker’s theatrics are far from finished. The injury feigner proceeds to drop to the concrete and starts rolling around all over the road for a full minute in a manner that makes a soccer flopper look like an Oscar-winning actor.
The scammer’s intersection breakdancing session is interrupted after paramedics arrive at the scene and make their way toward him. He flees upon seeing them, presumably to prevent them from discovering that he is faking a scene.
The swindler’s performance was promptly ripped online with one viewer snarking, “Give him the oscar!”
Others compared the man to Neymar, a Brazilian soccer player known for his theatrical flopping displays.
In a far better performance last spring, an Arkansas man claimed he was injured during an arrest, only to jump out of his wheelchair and escape from police on the way to court. No feign no gain, we guess.