LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC) — The Virginia teenagers responsible for a prank that has gone viral, which they dubbed “gallon smashing,” are now facing charges.
Officer Don Gotthardt of the Fairfax County Police Department said two 16-year-olds and a 15-year-old have each been charged with seven counts of disorderly conduct and seven counts of destruction of property for a YouTube video that involved them walking into grocery stores, grabbing gallon jugs of milk or juice, and throwing them on the ground or into the air while pretending to fall.
Many of the “falls” in the video (which has been made private) include acrobatic jumps or fake stumbles. “Dropping” the jugs usually involves violently throwing them into the air or into shelves.
Faysal, Omar and Zayd Khatib, which is how the boys identify themselves on Twitter, have several other public prank videos on their YouTube account, theCHAIZYchannel, but gallon smashing is the most popular by far. Before it was taken down, it had more than 3 million views.
Gotthardt said an investigation showed that there were at least seven separate incidents that took place at four different stores in the area. But the damage went far beyond the borders of Vienna, where the boys are from.
In fact, the craze has reached “viral” status. Both Good Morning America and Inside Edition have featured segments on it, and and a YouTube search for “gallon smashing” pulls up dozens of copycat videos.
The Fairfax County Police Department has fielded calls from members of the media as far away as the United Kingdom inquiring about the origination of the activity, according to Gotthardt. He said the boys will most likely be made to do community service and pay restitution to the stores.
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