A TikTok influencer has been arrested for mocking wealthy Emiratis on a massive spending spree in a luxury car showroom by throwing wads of fake cash about.
Hamdan Al Rind, who called himself the “Car Expert” online, was accused of “abusing the internet” because he allegedly posted “propaganda that stirs up the public opinion and harms the public interest.”
The prank saw the influencer, who has 2.7 million followers on TikTok, don a kandura, the long white robe typically worn by Emirati men, sunglasses and a surgical mask as he swanned into Luxury Super Car Rentals Dubai showroom in Dubai with two men trailing behind.
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Al Ring, a UAE resident who is also a luxury car dealer, can be seen approaching a female member of staff and asking her “where boss?” before throwing cash at her, commanding her to “go buy coffee.”
He then demands to see the owner of the showroom, demanding to know the price of the most expensive cars they sell.
After being asked what his budget was, he flashed another wad of fake cash and quips: “Small budget. I have not too much but what do you have?”
The owner tells him that the most expensive car, a Ferrari SF90, goes for an eye- watering £458,500,the Mail reports.
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But poking fun at the lavish lifestyles of Dubai, the TikToker jokes: ”I need more expensive brother. I don't need this. This is what my driver will drive.”
The influencer is then seen wandering off to throw another member of staff money “for a coffee”.
The UAE’s Public Prosecutor said the TikToker is currently being held in pre-trial detention, and added that they are summoning the dealership’s owner to speak to them.
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It added: “Such actions promote a false and derogatory mental image of the country's citizens, mocking them and thereby inciting and arousing public opinion to the detriment of public interest.
“The Public Prosecution urges social media users in the country to consider the legal and ethical guidelines in their dissemination of media content.
“They should also respect the social characteristics and authentic values of the Emirati society, which are based on ethical commitment in all aspects of behaviour, in order to avoid legal consequences.”
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