He may not have known life was going to be this way, but police in Blackpool, England still want to talk to a man wanted for stealing a jacket, wallet and cellphone from a restaurant.
The problem is that the more than 100,000 commenters on a police post asking for public assistance are much more interested in the fact that the suspect, seen on the right, has an uncanny resemblance to actor David Schwimmer, who starred in the popular '90s television sitcom "Friends" as Ross Geller.
"I don't think it's been this guy's day, his week, his month or even his year," one commenter wrote on Facebook, referencing show's theme song "I'll Be There For You," by The Rembrandts.
Another commenter wrote: "Hey Ross. If you need an alibi, I'll be there for you."
Even Schwimmer himself got in on the fun.
Police have taken the sudden attention in stride and later took to Facebook to write their own response.
"Thank you to everyone for your speedy responses," they wrote. "We have investigated this matter thoroughly and have confirmed that David Schwimmer was in America on this date. We're so sorry it has to be this way."
Police believe the man in the photo may be connected to a theft at a Blackpool restaurant on Sept. 20.
But the post quickly went viral as fans took over writing their funniest quips about the resemblance. While many referenced the lyrics to the show's theme songs, others delved deeper into the show's episode history.
"The camera wouldn't have caught him so clearly if he would've just learned to PIVOOOOT!!," wrote one, referencing an infamous incident in which Ross and his friends try to move a couch up the stairs.
Another wrote: "Shouldn't he be at work...or is he on a break?," a remark that pays homage to a fight between Ross and Rachel that happened on the show.
Others referred police to the fictional coffee shop, Central Perk.
While there is no word yet whether police have caught their suspect, the image has been shared more than 80,000 times across the world.
[Photo: Getty Images; Blackpool Police]
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