September 9, 2020 5.13 pm This story is over 43 months old

Lincoln High Street flasher viral video was a hoax

Both men have apologised

A viral video of a man ‘masturbating’ outside Ann Summers on Lincoln High Street was a prank filmed for YouTube, police have confirmed.

Jasmine Griffin posted the video on Facebook saying “there’s some strange people about”, with over 600 comments.

In the video, two 38-year-old men film each other with one appearing to pleasure himself in front of a mannequin in the shop window of Anne Summers.

The Lincolnite got in touch with the original poster, who offered to sell the video to us, but we did not accept.

The original post has since been edited to confirm that it was a prank by people who were “very nice YouTubers”.

Jasmine told The Lincolnite : “I was genuinely mortified. I thought you were complete weirdos and believed it. But things like that are actually quite nice.

“I’ve got to know the boys and they’re both actually lovely people.

“For people who judge before they get to know the story this could be terrible. Just shows you should never judge a book by its cover and I’m grateful to have met such nice and funny people.”

Police confirmed that both men have apologised for their actions and were embarrassed.

The Facebook post was shared over 400 times.

A spokesperson for Lincolnshire Police said: “We received a report at 11.40am that a man was masturbating outside of the store.

“We attended the scene and discovered this was a prank being filmed for YouTube. This involved two 38-year-old men – one was filming the other.”