It looked like Justin Bieber was in trouble with the police earlier this week.
However it was just a misunderstanding, and a quite amusing one at that.
While out and about Wednesday, the pop star was stopped by a police officer. The cop was concerned about the singer's sneakers.
Bieber was wearing limited edition Nike Air Max 90, part of a collaboration with the Off-White brand. The sold out shoe includes a white zip tie looped through the laces, giving the appearance of a security tag.
You can see where this is going.
@JBCrewdotcom He's such a goofball 😂😂😂— bernadette 💍👰🤵💒 (@bernadette 💍👰🤵💒)1553777259.0
@people That seems like a significant flaw in the design.— J. Reid Sheppard (@J. Reid Sheppard)1553773916.0
@people 'Design Feature' 🤣how fucking stupid.— Poppi (@Poppi)1553746096.0
It was pretty convincing, apparently.
Bieber began the Instagram story where he talked about the encounter with this:
"Virgil, my God, bro. You're freaking — you're killing me, man,"
Bieber continued describing the encounter, saying:
"I had to tell him, 'Bro, it's just fashion."
The cop wasn't so easily convinced.
"I don't know. He's like, 'It sure looks like a security tag.'"
It's a pretty understandable mistake, right?
"I'm like, 'Nah, bro, you can check it out.' It looks like it though… but you're getting me in trouble!"
Honestly, how different is this from leaving the tags on clothes?
@VanityFair Kids are leaving the tags on, again?— carneinsideyou (@carneinsideyou)1553816391.0
@JBCrewdotcom @JBCrewposts can I laugh at this dork 😂😂😂— YouKnowBTS? (@YouKnowBTS?)1553770022.0
@thisisinsider If he’s so into fashion, why does he try so hard to look homeless?— Angelo (@Angelo)1553803094.0
@thisisinsider Not news. Not fashion.— Leon Pringle (@Leon Pringle)1553788756.0
The shoes were part of a limited edition run. While they initially retailed for $160, they're found on the second hand market for a few hundred more.
Bieber and his wife, Hailey Baldwin, are both big fans of Off-White and its designer, Abloh.
Though maybe next time they can get something that doesn't give the impression it's stolen.
I mean, you had to have known the kind of reaction this would get.
@thisisinsider How is this fashion?— Jason Pottinger (@Jason Pottinger)1553788640.0
@thisisinsider Why is this news boy?— 🐤 (@🐤)1553788696.0
@thisisinsider How is this news— Carlos (@Carlos)1553788542.0
Bieber has his own clothing brand he should have stuck with wearing.
Drew House launched in January with shirts, sweatshirts and sweatpants, emblazoned with his logo.
The pieces quickly sold-out.