This Man Took A Selfie Then Was Wrongly Accused Of Being A Paedophile

By : Sam Ridgway |



A man who was mistakenly shamed on Facebook for being a ‘creep’ has received death threats after a photo of him went viral across social media.

The man, who has chosen to stay anonymous, was at the cinema on May 4th in Westfield Knox shopping centre in Melbourne when he decided to take a selfie with a promotional Darth Vader poster.

However, a nearby mother assumed that he was taking a photo of her children, so snapped one of him before quickly taking to Facebook to label him a creep…


Obviously, it didn’t take long for said Facebook post to go viral, and for the innocent father-of-three to find out he’d been branded a creep online.

According to the Knox Leader, the man had been sitting in a business meeting when his phone started to go off constantly, after friends of his had seen the post online.

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Speaking to the Daily Mail Australia, the devastated guy explained how he’d taken the selfie so he could send it to his children:

I’m a father of three kids and a normal human being… I’ve never taken a selfie before. I was in two minds whether to take the selfie, but I thought it’ll be a good daggy dad joke. In real terms it was embarrassing enough to be standing in front of Darth Vader to be honest.

And now, in a turn of events, the woman who posted the photo has become the victim – and has received death threats for her actions. She has since apologised for the pain she has caused the man and his family.

Moral of the story? Social media is powerful. Think before you post!


Daily Mail Australia