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YouTuber Arrested For Faking Mass Shooting In Disney World To Film Reactions

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A “highly-intoxicated” YouTuber was arrested and banned from Disney World for life Wednesday after running around the park warning people of a mass shooter to film their reactions.

Dillion Burch, 22, was only foiled after bragging to a hotel concierge about his activity, who then called the police. The drunk YouTuber attempted to flee when he saw police arrive, but authorities found him hiding in nearby bushes soon after, Gizmodo reported. He was sentenced to three days in prison, in addition to a lifetime ban from the Magic Kingdom.

While the Arizona native initially told hotel employees he was filming for YouTube, Burch changed his story when confronted by hotel managers, saying he needed the footage for a school project, according to AZ Central. Burch pleaded no contest to his charges after his arrest and was sentenced to three days in prison. (RELATED: Dragon Catches Fire During Disney Parade)

Burch’s “social experiment” is the most recent in a spate of divisive YouTube videos centered around fake attacks on the public. YouTuber Joey Salads filmed random people’s reactions in 2016 when he dressed in Middle-Eastern garb and threw a suitcase while yelling “Allahu Akbar.” He then ran the same “experiment” but yelled “praise Jesus” instead. The reactions differed.

Another YouTuber, Logan Paul, faced heavy criticism in January for filming the body of a suicide victim in Japan and appearing to make light of the situation. (RELATED: Disney Coughs Up $3.8 Million For Violating Minimum Wage Laws)

The now-deleted video showed the 22-year-old vlogger visiting the Aokigahara forest at the base of Mount Fuji, an area infamous for suicides in Japan and referred to colloquially as the “suicide forest.” Paul framed the video as he and his friends going to visit a “haunted” forest, but when they came across the body of an apparent suicide victim, Paul cracked a few jokes before realizing the severity of the situation, and the internet soon pelted him with accusations of monetizing a man’s death.

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