Being well-known, does have its downside. A few days ago, I posted a video where Courtney Barnes was seen enjoying newfound internet fame, as a witness to a car crash. Barnes went in to the police the next day to pay parking ticket fines, but was detained after officers noticed the reality star resembled someone from a shoplifting surveillance video.
The owner of Swell-O-Phonic (I’m not kidding) where the alleged theft took place, posted a clip to Instagram five weeks ago. Owner, Ron Chane, wrote;
“This thief is wanted for shoplifting. If you have any information on them please private message us.”
Instagram users noticed the person resembled Barnes and wrote quotes from the Barnes’ viral video. But the store doesn’t want anything to do it;
“We want to stay away from the negative attention. Courtney has stolen from our store and made our customers and staff uncomfortable. We just want him to stay out of our store. I hope the story gets turned back to the injured officer who deserves the attention.”
The unidentified officer has since recovered from the car crash, but Chane is NOT one of Barnes’ fans;
“It’s all an act to get attention. He has no regard for anyone but himself … You’ve got somebody hurt in a car wreck and this loser is trying to catch his 15 seconds — enjoy it buddy — you’ll be locked up soon.”
Before Barnes was arrested, he posted a video to Instagram @kingdance_ about not being “perfect” and making “mistakes.”
“I do keep God first and I want everybody to know that it will work out for the better. But at the same time, let the negativity continues to come, because without negativity, we cannot do positivity.”
But it wasn’t Courtney’s first appearance in front of a national audience, as he had auditioned twice for So You Think You Can Dance? Barnes has more than 50,000 Instagram followers (& counting) and plans to continue with reality television. Barnes was released from custody and a court date to deal with the shoplifting charge was set for June 23. Yep, she done already had herses, uh-huh.
(Photos, Instagram; via International Business Times)