‘Get this idiot fined’: Young man throws an electric scooter into a river in a bid to get likes on TikTok
- Young man has been condemned by TikTok uses for throwing e-scooter into river
- Police are looking for man in question after reports were made to company
- Pieter van Heerden, Beam Brisbane manager, praised community for their help
- Geofencing and GPS is used to help track of products and avoid high-risk areas
Police are on the hunt for a young man who threw an electric scooter into a river in a bid to get more likes and followers on TikTok.
The video, which has since been removed from the social media platform, is believed to be filmed at the Victoria Bridge in Brisbane.
The clip shows the young man picking up and throwing the scooter off the side of the bridge into the river below for no apparent reason while others watch one, one filming the ordeal.
A large amount of the comments on the video were not positive, with many condemning the actions of the young man.
‘Why would you do that?’ one wrote.
Another commented: ‘Everyone share and get this idiot fined in Brisbane’.
Dozens of reports were made to e-scooter operator Beam, whose scooters are available to hire around the Brisbane city centre.
‘We were made aware of the video almost as soon as it was posted, with riders and community members from Brisbane and all over Australia and New Zealand writing in to us, condemning the act of vandalism,’ a Beam spokesperson commented in a statement.
‘Some even offered assistance with tracking down the vandals.’
A young man (pictured) has been filmed throwing an e-scooter of a bridge into the river in Brisbane
This sentiment was shared by Beam marshal Tristan Teller who’s job description includes occasionally fishing the scooters out of the river.
‘Very rarely am I surprised by where someone has left a scooter but it’s usually after a Saturday night when someone has decided to take the scooter where it’s not supposed to go,’ Mr Teller said.
‘In the early hours of a morning at first light we might be seen with grappling hooks, pulling the scooters out of the river.’
Pieter van Heerden, the Brisbane city manager for Beam, commented that preventative measures such as geofencing makes it rare that the e-scooters don’t make it back to their rightful places.
Geofencing allows Beam to control where their products can go, slowing and stopping the e-scooters and bikes when they venture into high-risk areas.
‘Some incidents are unavoidable, in that these guys have carried the scooter quite a fair distance,’ Mr van Heerden said.
‘They clearly think it’s funny and have done it for the followers.
He stated that it is encouraging to see the Brisbane community come together and report the young man for his behaviour and was hopeful that these tips would assist police in locating the man in the video.
While the video has been deleted of social media platform TikTok, many have condemned the actions of the man, with reports flooding in to e-scooter operator Beam
He stated that marshals who patrol the city 24 hours a day can find scooters by viewing where the GPS in the product stopped and waiting until low tide when it is often easier to fish them out.
‘People shouldn’t underestimate how much CCTV is around Brisbane and how ready the community is follow up on this sort of behaviour,’ he stated.
A spokeswoman for the police said they are looking at CCTV provided to try and identify the offender.
Charges have not been laid as of yet.