The barbershop posted on Instagram that they want to identify the couple, the stars of a viral video, to help "end their love story [properly]" by gifting them a one-night hotel stay. But co-owner Mikey Rose told MTL Blog no one has come forward yet.
A Savvy Barbershop employee told MTL Blog that the shop's alarm went off at 6 a.m. on July 19 when the shop is usually closed.
He said the security camera sent the barbershop's owners a notification about a break-in while police contacted them. When they arrived on the scene and reviewed the security footage, they saw what had really happened.
"We were like, 'Oh my God, that's what happened," he said.
"There was nothing stolen or taken, and then we saw them just run away."
Barbershop offers to treat the couple to a hotel stay
Rose told MTL Blog that he offered to treat the couple to a one-night hotel stay "to make sure everyone is fine" but neither of the pair has reached out to him since the incident.
"We've kind of made our peace with it," Rose said.
"I think it's kind of cool to never know who they are, in a way [...] they stay this mystery couple that are just part of the history of our shop."
However, Rose said that if the couple comes forward, the offer for a one-night hotel stay still stands.
"Of course, hands down," he said. "We're men of our word," he laughed, calling the occurrence a "funny accident."
"We laughed it off, it was hilarious. At first, we think we got robbed, and then we find out it was a couple that crashed through the window. It was a relief," he said. "We laughed, the cops laughed, our wives laughed, and now everybody's laughing."
According to police, an investigation revealed that the pair were manufacturing and selling false certificates attesting to 750 hours of training, at a cost of $800 per certificate. Both suspects are now facing charges of fraud and the fabrication of false documents.
The SPVM said that help from the public led to the launch of a police investigation into the fraud case.
Anyone with information about criminal activity of the same nature can contact Info-Crime Montréal anonymously at 514-393-1133 or via the report form available on infocrimemontreal.ca.
Some of you may have noticed that the STM has stepped up its social media game as of late. So we wondered: what does it take to turn a city's public transit network into a viral social media sensation?
We reached out to the STM's social media team, Anne Campagna, Communications and Social Media Advisor and Fabrizio Barrios Bazo, Public Relations and Social Media Advisor, to get the inside scoop on their inspiration, favourite content, and what their future goals are.
Questions and responses have been edited for clarity.
While the team loves to have fun with memes and viral internet trends, the overall goal is to inform and educate Montrealers about what's happening at the STM.
"But, let’s not lie to ourselves here, we also love to take part in social media challenges or to take on some popular memes!" they said.
"We’ve had a lot of fun doing the #DollyPartonChallenge, the #2020challenge and the #faceappchallenge. Recently, we’ve also upgraded (or downgraded hehe) our Photoshop skills by adding face coverings on a bus and a train."
"We also enjoy taking more serious subjects and presenting them in a fun way like when we showed the tests on our new electric bus in a NatGeo documentary matter, making dry information more relatable and informative. Obviously, the bad ways to wear a facemask are also a part of this list."
What's in store for the future of the STM social media feeds?
Keeping in mind that they need to stay within the lines and maintain "safe-for-work" content, the STM's social media team is otherwise always on top of the latest social media trends.
"We’re not looking to be viral for the sake of being viral, there's always a good time and place to be funny and sometimes it’s better to wait… but there was also one time when we wanted to photoshop an AZUR train into a hot dog bun to celebrate the Saint-Jean Baptiste day, that one was considered a little too much!" they said.
"Social media is all about the next thing! The challenge is to stand out from the rest. Right now we are testing the reels functionality and we have a big Christmas surprise coming up! And who knows, you might even be able to see us on Tiktok in the future."