A YouTube couple known as “Saucy and Honey” will face criminal charges after they hid overnight in a Pennsylvania Target as part of a social media challenge. The incident, which occurred on Feb. 21, delighted viewers of their prank channel but confused local law enforcement.
Johnson Larose, 25, and Charlotte Fischer, 24, a.k.a. “Saucy and Honey,” allegedly went to store just before closing time and hid behind boxes so that they could walk around after closing for their YouTube audience.
The video, titled “24 HOUR OVERNIGHT CHALLENGE IN TARGET!! (CAUGHT?!?)” garnered over 14,500 views and helped increase their subscriber count by over 18,200 followers since 2020.
“Sooooooo we did something EPIC! We stayed OVERNIGHT at TARGET!” the YouTube couple captioned the 25-minute video. “We hope you guys enjoy.”
Larose and Fischer did not steal anything in the store as they walked around, but instead danced in front of the displays and commented about how the store left the music on overnight.
The couple ended the video stating that they went completely unnoticed throughout the night, but West Whiteland Township police later told Fox News that they tripped an alarm when they left the store via an emergency exit at around 3 a.m.
Officers arrived at the store and didn’t see anyone. They saw the couple on footage the next day. According to reports, they returned around 8 a.m. when the store opened to film them leaving.
Ironically, the information from police seemed to suggest that “Saucy and Honey” left in the middle of the night and then returned in the morning, not completing the 24-hour challenge. They then edited the video later to make it appear as if they had stayed when they only stayed until 3 a.m.
Larose and Fischer were later arrested, and each charged with criminal trespassing, according to the Philly Voice, and released on $25,000 unsecured bail. The YouTube couple was also banned from entering any Pennsylvania Target again. The couple’s next hearing is currently scheduled for March 24.
“I have never heard of this challenge, but I love like viral social media,” said Allison Abrego, a Target shopper who spoke with reporters for ABC News. “Any of those challenges that are safe and obviously don’t break any laws.”
The YouTube couple has not let the criminal charges stop them from releasing content, as they continue to post prank and reaction content such as “Surprising My Boyfriend Wearing GRANNY UNDIES To See His Reaction” and “Eating Only GAS STATION FOOD for 24 Hours!”
The scenario, partly inspired by the 1991 movie Career Opportunities, has led to other YouTubers trying to hide in a Target overnight.
A similarly titled video, “24 HOUR OVERNIGHT CHALLENGE IN TARGET!! (CAUGHT?!),” posted by the Ireland Boys Production channel, garnered over 19 million views back in November 2016. Another video posted by The Royalty Family, titled “Our Son Went MISSING at Target! (Extreme Hide n Seek),” also racked up another 4.4 million views.
“Saucy and Honey” even stated at the end of the video that they hoped next time there would be some employees walking around the store so that they could play “hide and seek.”
Law enforcement in Pennsylvania warned against making this kind of content, however, explaining that security guards could get really spooked by overnight trespassers which could lead to dangerous situations.
“When you go to a burglary call you have a heightened sense of awareness. Suddenly, you see somebody in there or maybe they get spooked and run. Our officers are well-trained, but it’s not a great situation for anybody,” Detective Scott Pezick said. “They weren’t out to harm anybody, but we want to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”