Tulsa Businessman Uses Hoax To Promote Business


Friday, November 20th 2015, 11:08 pm
By: News On 6


Cell phone video captured someone taking off with a man’s truck, but was that actually what happened?

A south Tulsa businessman posted the video Friday, asking for help finding the truck, but told News On 6 it was a hoax.

The video went out on social media Friday and received thousands of views. But it was nothing more than a way to attract attention to Steve Currington’s business, raising the question, how far is too far?

The video starts with Currington promoting his business, MiMutual Mortgage, and then…

"It makes it easy if you want to, if you guys aren't carrying a wallet…hey, dude, what the hell, hey, hey what are you doing with my truck man," you hear him say in the video.

Currington posted the video on Facebook and asked for help finding his truck. He even shared it on the Bixby Alert Neighbor page and when people asked if it was real, he said “yes.”

But it turns out it wasn't.

“The more times they share it, the more times my website is exposed and my truck and company and everything," Currington said.

He believes most took it as a joke.

Melissa: "Now, what about the people who may have taken you seriously?
Currington: “Well, they just have to figure out we like to have fun, and that’s how our business is, one of our values is fun.”

But police aren't laughing. Corporal Brandon Davis with Tulsa police said it could lead to 911 calls about the truck.

"There may be a time when officers stop the vehicle and people are getting pulled out of the vehicle at gunpoint, so that's not a good thing," he said.

Currington insists it was all in good fun.

"It obviously got some big exposure. A lot of people that knew it was a joke, a lot of people that didn't know it was a joke and others saying I was the boy who called wolf because I do a lot of crazy stuff," he said.

He said it's necessary to do things like that to promote his small business, but police wish something was included to let people know it wasn't legitimate.

Officers don't want a real victim's plea for help on social media to be ignored.