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Price of insta-fame: alleged thieves say "nothing stolen" after Facebook live video

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An alleged heist broadcasted live on Facebook with the men behind the camera saying they didn't steal anything.

Social media expert Amanda Tompkins responded to the live video. 

"I don't have words for it, it's so ridiculous," Tompkins said. 

She said that post appears to be a perfect example of Generation Like.

She explained what the term means. 

"He's definitely of this Generation Like, think Insta famous or doing it for the gram. These kids, they don't think about the consequence for their actions," Tompkins said. 

Island News asked what it is about the likes that put people over the edge. 

"It feels good to get likes, it feels good to have people like your images and it provides a certain amount of validation and I think if you base your life around likes and it's really important to you, then you might throw your common sense out the window," Tompkins said. 

Call it a social addiction.

Tompkins said the men who went live in the Kalihi 7-Eleven, may have copied another social media famous man.

Boonk Ig, is an Instagram user who has 3.5 million followers for doing stunts and stealing things. The teens in the 7-Eleven situation, looks like they're copying it. 

"I mean, there's two sides, it's kind of funny and it's also illegal," Tompkins said. 

Bad for law breakers but Tompkins ended by saying the community could actually benefit.

"It's a bad thing if you're the criminal posting it, it's a great thing if you're local police because it's very easy to find those people. It's a video of them committing a crime and you can prosecute that," she said. 

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