Security Officer Fired For Uploading His Farts To Instagram

Known by the pseudonym Paul Flart, a security guard in a Florida hospital saw a video of his farts go viral in 2018. Flart – real name Doug, last name unknown – spent much of his job sitting in the lobby, which he noticed had good acoustics. This inspired him to create an Instagram account to document his farts for about six months. After someone uploaded a compilation of Paul Flart’s farts to YouTube, the video went viral.

Unfortunately, Paul Flart’s boss was less then amused and fired him for his actions. Flart live streamed his firing on Instagram. He wasn’t fired for the fart videos exactly. The issue was he uploaded content on a client’s property while wearing his official uniform.

Despite the setback, Flart is optimistic about his future. He plans to keep making videos using his pseudonym, hoping the gimmick could turn into a sustainable social media career.

Are farts funny? History has long tussled with this question, and it won’t be answered today. However, if farts are or can be funny, then they are certainly funny in the story of “Paul Flart,” a 31-year-old security guard at a Florida hospital who has quietly documented his many, many farts on Instagram for the past six months. The variety of farts is gobsmacking—quick, drawn-out, sometimes throaty and sometimes viscous—and Flart himself seems to be both delighted and troubled by the flatulence he unleashes. You can watch them all in the compendium above, which has soared through Reddit’s r/videos page and into viral infamy.

Vice got in touch with the guy, whose real name is Doug. He started the job after moving from New Jersey to help his mom out, and found he had a lot of free time while sitting around at the front desk. “The lobby has really great acoustics, and naturally, we all fart,” he told Vice, omitting the fact that while we all fart we do not all fart like he does. “One day I ripped a rather nice one and got really good sound from it, so the next time it happened I recorded it and sent it to my group chat.” He credits the group chat with innovating his name, and the rest is history.

Man, that boss seems like a prick! Flart deserves to be free, and now he is. He is, inevitably, lining up merchandise and a Patreon, and he has big, stupid plans for Flart. “We’re going to keep making content,” he tells Vice. “We can do Paul Flart on vacation, you know, throw in like a Hawaiian shirt and a hat of some sort and then just fart around Florida. We’re just going to keep going.” That is, legitimately, a better premise for comedy than most actual Kevin James movies. We wish Flart the best.