A bizarre supermarket stunt has become all the rage on YouTube, but it’s also getting teens in trouble with the law.
“Gallon smashing” is happening at stores across the country, and has now made it all the way to New Jersey.
Jokesters will walk into a store, grab gallon-jugs of milk or other fluids, and smash them on the ground while pretending to fall.
Police said a 19-year-old carried out the prank at a Shop Rite store in Newton, N.J.
“He had two gallons of milk in his hands, and threw them on the ground,” said Newton Police Sgt. Michael Monaco. “He got up and walked away like nothing happened while his friends were videotaping him on his cell phone.”
The prankster, Jason Logan, may now be crying over his alleged spilled milk. He has been charged with criminal mischief and disorderly conduct in connection with the Shop Rite gallon smashing incident.
And while YouTube viewers may be getting a good chuckle from the prank, police said it is no laughing matter.
“When these gallon jugs go flying into the air, they could land not only on the person who is throwing them, but if there is any children or elderly people in the area, they could be struck by it and be injured,” Monaco said.
The prank has also taken place at stores in Wildwood, N.J. Shoppers said they don’t think it’s funny at all.
“It’s vandalism, pure and simple,” said Don Bookholt of Newton.
“It could scare people, and people don’t know what’s going on, and I don’t like it,” added Shelly Messina, also of Newton.
CBS 2 tried to get Logan’s side of the story, but no one answered the door at his home.
Police said store surveillance cameras captured Logan in the act. They also said he allegedly posted his prank on Facebook.
Logan will likely be given a fine, and no jail time, police said.