Vine user Rashid Polo is a Vine “star” whose stardom happened overnight after he started posting Vine videos of store employees following him around.
Polo, 19, recorded the Vines in his small Minnesota town. The videos quickly went from having a few thousand views to over 30 million.
“If it keeps happening, I’m going to be forced to record it,” Polo tells The Hollywood Reporter. “Hopefully it doesn’t happen again because it’s very annoying and it’s a touchy subject with many people.
“‘You’re a young minority and you’re probably going to steal, so let’s keep an eye on you,’” Polo said about the employees who follow him, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
Will we see another one of the shopping vines in the future?
If it keeps happening, I’m going to be forced to record it. Hopefully it doesn’t happen again because it’s very annoying and it’s a touchy subject with many people. Nobody likes being followed around and it’s very uncomfortable. Their reasoning behind it is, “you’re a young minority and you’re probably going to steal, so lets keep an eye on you.” I live in a small town, and I guess that’s what happens in town. It’s kind of sad, but if it does happen, I’m going to have to keep doing it until it stops. I hope it comes to the point where when I come into a convenience store, it’s like, “Oh crap, we’re not going to follow you. You’re that guy on Vine.”
Have you gotten any negative feedback on this?
Some people are commenting on negative things. “Oh, you’re following them around with a camera. I would follow you, too, if you had a camera in my store.” Well, Vines are six seconds. They don’t know what was going on for the five minutes before I started recording. I go into the store, I’m trying to shop and if they start following me, that’s when I start recording. I don’t go in there looking for trouble.
The next time I’m at Nordstrom across the street from my house, and I feel eyes stalking me, I’m pulling out my phone.