There are people who go all-out to attend a concert, like waiting all night in line for tickets or traveling great distances, but one teenager went above and beyond — at least he tried to do so, in an airplane.
Zemarcuis Scott, a 19-year-old from Arkansas, tried to steal a plane so he could attend a Famous Dex concert in the rapper’s home state of Illinois.
The New York Post reports that on July 4, 2018, when he was still 18 years old, Scott jumped the fences at Arkansas’ Texarkana Regional Airport and made it all to way to the cockpit of an American Eagle jet.
A security guard saw him hop the fence and later called the local authorities, who found him sitting in one of the pilot seats. Police said they recognized Scott from dealing with him before, but there’s no word on what type of encounters they’ve had with him.
The teen — who has no pilot training whatsoever — later stated that he was planning to steal an airplane for over a month and thought he could fly it by merely pressing buttons and operating levers.
The ardent Dex fan also said he’d been watching the plane since 10 p.m. the previous night on July 3, then made a dash for it hours later. Scott was given a mental evaluation to see if he was fit for trial, which he was, according to the Southwest Arkansas Counseling and Mental Health Center.
In the end, he pleaded guilty to attempted theft of property and commercial burglary, receiving five years of felony probation. Scott also has to pay court costs, a $1,000 fine, and undergo mental health treatment.
Eventually, Dex caught wind of the story and posted a news clip of it on his Instagram page.
“Made me cry,” he wrote on Tuesday, Jan. 29. “Damn, I love my fans.”
Afterward, some told Dex that he should pay for Scott’s legal fees for going to such great lengths to see him perform.
“Pay all his fees, bond & next show he better be there,” someone suggested. “Show love to ya fans not say it.”
“Go bond em out,” a second person wrote.