On an ordinary Saturday, a guy named Thomas and a few of his friends headed to the mall and attempted to convince shoppers that he was a big celeb.  They uploaded the hilarious results to YouTube and the video is going viral today.

The video description explains the prank, or “social experiment” as they’re calling it:

“Last Saturday we went to a popular mall in Virginia and conducted a bit of a social experiment.  Using his real first and middle name, and with the help of just a few staged people, tons of people believed Thomas was a famous actor, including mall security.”

The mall assigned Thomas three security escorts and popular stores were even shut down so the “famous actor” could shop in peace.  Nobody had ever heard of him or seen him before, but Thomas Elliot quickly caused a huge scene and as one shopper said, “The girls were going crazy!”

I’d like to hear the reactions from the security guards and celebrity-crazed shoppers upon hearing the news that Thomas Elliot is actually just an average Joe.