Aldric Barrett, 18, was arrested in Central Florida on suspicion of burglarizing cars at a hotel after he said his friends left him stranded while he was doing the #InMyFeelings Challenge
A man was arrested in Central Florida on suspicion of burglarizing cars at a hotel after he said his friends left him stranded while he was taking part in the #InMyFeelings Challenge.
Aldric Barrett, 18, told police that when he got out of the car to dance to Drake’s hit song, In My Feelings, at the Hawthorne Suites in Altamonte Springs, his friends drove off and left him to fend for himself.
Barrett admitted to breaking in to 10 cars, according to the arrest report which was obtained by WKMG, in hopes of finding something that would help him get home.
This is the latest story of how things have gone wrong during the dance challenge, which has gone viral.
People hop out of their cars and dance to Drake’s chart-topping song as the car moves beside them.
Owners of multiple vehicles awoke to their windows smashed on Sunday.
‘I’m very upset, I mean, highly upset,’ Keron Reddick, one owner, said. ‘It’s costing me money, costing me time.’
Barrett has been charged with burglary and criminal mischief related to the incident.
Reddick said he was heading to work at around 5.30am Eastern when he noticed the damage to not only his, but also his wife’s, vehicle.
The owners of damaged cars, like Keron Reddick (pictured) were not amused by the stunt
Barrett admitted to breaking in to 10 cars in hopes of finding something to help him get home
Aldric Barrett, 18, told police that when he got out of the car to dance to Drake’s hit song, In My Feelings, at the Hawthorne Suites in Altamonte Springs (pictured), his friends drove off and left him to fend for himself
‘I noticed my driver window was busted, and immediately I walked over to my wife’s car and I noticed her (car) was also busted,’ he said.
Reddick said while valuables weren’t taken, the damage to their cars will cost more to repair than the things that were taken from their cars.
On Wednesday, another man in Florida was hit by a car while attempting the #InMyFeelings challenge.
Jaylen Norwood staged the stunt in his hometown of Boynton Beach, but it didn’t go quite as planned because he slipped an oil spill.
‘I planned this whole thing out,’ Norwood said. ‘I was gonna do the dance and then jump on the hood of the car and continue the dance but it came too fast and I slipped on the oil and that’s why I got hit by the car.’
Norwood, who wasn’t seriously injured, laughed it off after the impact was caught on camera, showing off his scrapes.
Jaylen Norwood of Boynton Beach, Florida staged a stunt on Wednesday to record the #InMyFeelings challenge, and ended up getting run down by a car after he slipped on oil
Incidents like this one have prompted the National Transportation Safety Board to issue a statement reminding people of motor vehicle safety.
‘Hopping out of a moving vehicle or jumping into lanes of traffic to show your dance moves is foolish and dangerous — to you and those around you,’ a representative of the board said.
‘There’s a time and place for everything, but our nation’s highways and roadways are no place for the #InMyFeelings challenge.’
The dance challenge, which Barrett called the ‘Keke challenge,’ according to the arrest report, was started by a comedian named Shiggy, who posted a clip of himself dancing to the song on June 29 that has been viewed more than six million times, to date.
The song and its corresponding choreography craze has become so popular that it just broke the US streaming record for a single week, with 116.2 million domestic streams in the week ending July 19, according to Forbes.