The video: Footage shared widely on social media last week shows Kevin Wise, 26, discarding his coronavirus face mask to plunge into the 13,000-gallon fish tank in a Bossier City Bass Pro Shop.
WHAT IN THE WORLD IS GOING ON HERE:— Reporter Timmy Lane (@ReporterTimmy) June 26, 2020
A guy went for a swim in the Bass Pro Shop fish tank. He left behind his Coronavirus mask and his hat. This happened at the Louisiana Boardwalk located in Bossier City.#newsatitsbest pic.twitter.com/FA6bORB4oA
The crime: Wise was arrested by citation and charged with simple criminal damage to property, a misdemeanor, NBC affiliate KTAL reported.
- Authorities received a complaint on Friday after Bass Pro Shop learned there would be costs associated with cleaning the tank.
- Wise was eventually released on a summons to appear in court.
- Wise told CBS affiliate KSAL that he jumped into the tank as part of a stunt to celebrate getting 2,000 likes on TikTok.
Some couldn’t help but politicize the moment.
Others saw in Wise an exemplar of the free-wheeling, rebellious American character. resurgent coronavirus pandemic, Bass Pro Shop has defended what it says is its Second Amendment right to stay open and sell firearms.
OK, I have no proof whatsoever that this man is a Trump supporter but... c'mon... I think we all know.https://t.co/z4pHD5SdLN— Bob Geiger (@GeigerNews) June 30, 2020
- Apparently, though, the company believes there is such a thing as too much freedom.