A mischievous Victorian driver who filmed himself spray painting his licence plate and “escaping Melbourne lockdown” has been heavily criticised over his “dangerous” stunt.
The man, who calls himself Farmer Dan on video platform TikTok, uploaded the controversial clip on Monday after painting his plates yellow and black – colours indicative of a NSW registration.
He then filmed his journey behind the wheel as he passed through a checkpoint marking his departure from Mitchell Shire, which currently is subject to tough stage three coronavirus restrictions.
“Escape from Melbatraz” he wrote across part of the clip, which plays to the song We Gotta Get Out of This Place by The New Merseysiders. On Wednesday evening, it had been viewed more than 22,000 times.
After crossing into regional Victoria, which is outside of the lockdown zone, the man celebrated with text across the video which read; “did it woohoo”.
While he made sure to note in the caption of the video that it was for the purpose of “comedic relief only”, some viewers were clearly unimpressed by what they saw.
“Why? So you can spread it further out? You’re a genius,” one person wrote in a comment.
“You’re the kind of person who is on the news getting massive fines,” another said.
One said they would be sending the man’s video to the police, but he seemed unbothered by the threat.
“Ok. Make sure you tell them it’s a TikTok,” he replied.
Someone else suggested that if the man was going to “do something highly dangerous and illegal” that he refrain from posting evidence to social media.
One person even accused him of being a “Karen” – a moniker popularly given to defiant members of the public flouting public health orders and filming themselves in tense stand-offs with police.
“Thanks for the fresh outbreak,” another salty TikTok user wrote, while someone else described him as a “COVIDIOT”.
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