The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

February 28, 2013

YouTube prank not funny to Cullman police


CNHI News Service

CULLMAN, Ala. — An experienced grocer knows there is no use crying over spilled milk, because accidents will happen.

But if the milk is spilled on purpose, that’s another story.

Thanks to the latest craze on YouTube, some central Alabama teens have been copying a video in which young people go into a grocery store, grab a few gallons of milk and fall. The intent, as a practical joke, is to smash open the milk cartons and cause a mess and a scene of alarm.



The Cullman Police Department has investigated two incidents at area stores. No one was hurt during the incidents, said Assistant Police Chief Craig Green.

“We understand it’s not a major crime, but the grocery stores are concerned,” Green said.

The fad has been traced back to YouTube, a popular social media website.

Those involved in the prank act like they are hurt and unable to stand up. That’s when Green and store managers fear that someone will get injured.

“When someone runs over to help, they don’t know it’s a prank,” Green said, fearing they could fall and hurt themselves. “We know it’s another fad and a prank, but we don’t want to see it happen beyond these two incidents.

Details for this story were provided by The Cullman (Ala.) Times.