Two American YouTube stars have been sentenced by a court for making fun of a bank robbery.
Alan Stokes and Alex Stokes, both twin brothers from California, were sentenced on Wednesday to 160 hours of community service and one year of probation, according to AFP. The court also ordered compensation to be paid.
In October 2019, the two brothers, dressed in black, wearing masks and apparently holding bags full of notes, called an Uber. While he was secretly filming all this for his followers.
The Uber driver, unaware of the joke, refused to let them in. But a passerby, apparently carjacking, called the emergency services, and the driver was arrested shortly afterward at gunpoint.
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement that
“anybody might have been seriously harmed or murdered as a result of these crimes.”
“The response of the police in a bank theft is not ordinary and these cops are truly risking their lives to save individuals they consider in harm’s way.”
Criticizing the two brothers, the district attorney said, “It is very irresponsible and reckless that they both used the internet instead of protecting the policemen or the innocent Uber driver who was told to get out of the car at gunpoint.” But he gave more importance to increasing his followers.
Allen and Alex pleaded guilty after the court agreed to change the nature of their crime.
After the Ober incident in Los Angeles, he made the same joke with the two brothers on the campus of the University of California. They have now been ordered to avoid it.
The twins are very popular on social media because of their videos. He has more than 6 million subscribers on YouTube and 30 million followers on Tik Tak.