Teens smashing gallons of milk at the supermarket, in what is being called a “gallon-smash” prank, videotaped themselves in the act and posted it on YouTube. That video has gone viral today and it has also enticed some copy-cat versions of the original gallon-smash prank. According to “Fox and Friends” on Friday, March 1, 2013, this gallon-smashing might be considered a prank, but it’s dangerous and as costly as it would be if the culprits had shoplifted the milk or orange juice they're seen smashing in the video.
According to ABC News on Friday, three teens videotaped themselves as they walked into the dairy section of a supermarket and smash gallons of milk all over the floor. Then they pretend to fall in this mess. To anyone who just happens upon one of these kids lying on the floor, it looks as if they’ve had a “slip and fall” accident, according to Fox.
Video: Check out the original gallon-smash video here or at the left of this article.
In the original video of the gallon-smashing, Zayd, Faysal and Omar Khatib are the milk and orange juice smashing culprits. When someone does happen upon the teens lying on the floor, they run to help them. The boys really play up this injury, as they flail about in the spilled milk while they are on the floor pretending to be injured. The two brothers and their cousin did this because they consider themselves actors and this gallon-smash video is one way to get their faces out there.
While no one got hurt in the prank, it doesn’t mean this was a safe thing to do. Another customer could have come around the corner and slipped in the mess. Then there is the cost of the clean-up and the cost of the merchandise they destroyed, in this case it’s gallons of milk and orange juice.
In less than a week’s time this video has gotten over three million views. This week 10 copy-cats were arrested for gallon-smashing in Utah; these culprits were all juveniles. They were charged with disorderly conduct. Attorney and legal analysis for ABC News, Dana Cole, said that based on what is seen in the video, this prank “can be easily viewed as a crime.”
YouTube pulled the original gallon-smash video off its website, but it has been uploaded by many and is still seen online today.