Believe it or not, this photo is an actual e-fit issued by the Cheshire Police – to capture a suspect.
Does this guy look familiar to you? Perhaps it’s his computer-generated locks putting you off? Or that sketchy beard supposedly scribbled in MS Paint.
The computer-generated image (aka e-fit: Electronic Facial Identification Technique) was posted online to track down a man who pulled out a knife while in a Macclesfield pub back in 2016.
The man was described as being in his late 30s with “short black hair, a dark coloured beard and a slim face.”
The image was posted online and has become the force’s most publicized e-fit, with people posting their own terrible MS Paint-esque creations on social media.
Some have even gone to the trouble of dressing themselves up like the suspect or spotting him out in public.
— GeorgeWeahsCousin (@WeahsCousin) January 26, 2016
David Cameron was given a Cheshire e-fit makeover.
— Stu (@Stupendous_one) January 26, 2016
Wooly Willy is a spitting image of the suspect.
— NorthernGent (@NothernGent) January 26, 2016
And Phil from the popular board game “Guess Who” looked like he could pass as the suspect’s identical twin.
— Jack (@JackCrossland97) January 27, 2016
Don’t worry, this guy is locked up for life. Can’t be him.
— Stuart Durber (@StuartDurber) January 26, 2016
The resemblance is uncanny!
In all seriousness, though, e-fit images are used when detectives need the public to help them locate a suspect. When the force doesn’t have a recent picture on hand, they start getting creative.
Below you’ll find some of the most creative e-fits to date.
And you thought your Photoshopping skills were bad!
Via BBC News