A prank gone viral may mean trouble for Utah grocery stores. It's called the gallon smash. The videos on YouTube show teens how to fake a spill in front of unsuspecting shoppers. It may already be happening here at home.
We received a viewer tip that this has already happened in a few grocery stores in Draper; one may even be pressing charges against the kids.
We sat down with some local viral video pranksters to find out the right and wrong way to rack up the views on YouTube.
The gallon smash trend was started by some teens in Virginia. The group, called the Chaizy Channel, throws their bodies into the air, flails around, and tosses gallons of juice or milk down the aisles.
On the Chaizy Channel Facebook page, the boys claim they bought every gallon they broke, but they did not get permission from the stores.
Nick Garrett is a local prankster with the Bangakang Gang. He said these gallon smash videos may not be setting a good example.
"They got to realize that's people's jobs to go clean that mess up and the people that are being so kind to help them out they're being affected as well cause they're going to be embarrassed once the video is out,” Garrett said.
Bangakang has had millions of hits from viral videos like the Largest Leaf Pile and the Venice Beach Treasure Chest. Garrett said a lot of planning goes into each one of their videos.
"I think kids don't realize that, they just try and go and reenact some videos without realizing you need to plan first and get some heads up from the people who are going to be affected by the prank," he said.
Garrett said the goal for a viral video should be to make people smile without getting hurt or destroying other's property.
We put in calls to Draper Police to find out if they had received reports of gallon smashing at any stores there, but we haven't heard back. If you’ve heard of this going on at any local stores, please leave a comment.