(By: Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images News)
By Ryan Dean
ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - One of the latest crazes on YouTube is the 'gallon smashing' prank that involves teens smashing gallons of liquid in a supermarket and pretending it's an accident. It's a trend that has made it here to St. Louis.
Millions of people are watching the online videos. While it's getting lots of "likes" on YouTube, grocery store managers and Police aren't amused.
'Gallon smashing' is prank where teens sneak up behind shoppers and smash two gallons of milk or other liquids on the ground. The prankster then falls down to make it look like he or she fell and that's what caused the spill. Shoppers unaware of the prank, rush to the teens' aid, thinking the person might be hurt. In the meantime, another friend tapes the incident to share online.
NewsChannel 5 contacted local grocery stores and police departments and learned about 10 cases of gallon smashing reported in the St. Louis area. A spokesman for the St. Louis County Police Department said gallon smashing is a crime, and teens caught could face charges.
"They're making decisions to make idiots out of themselves. They need to add in that decision that there is going to be court time, fines, and possibly jail time associated with this action" Officer Randy Vaughn said.
From the information we gathered from grocery stores and police departments, it does not appear any charges have been filed locally. There have been cases in other parts of the country where charges have been filed.