WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Another grocery store calls the police after a prank where two teenagers cough near customers and store items.
- The Purcellville Police Department determined that there was no criminal intent behind the prank in the grocery store.
- This follows several other publicity stunts where people lick ice cream tubs at grocery stores.
One Harris Teeter grocery store in Virginia loses hundreds of dollars’ worth of damages to the store after two teenagers decided to play a prank wherein they cough near store customers, all to be videotaped and posted online. The store items had been thrown away after the prank.
Lieutenant Barry A. Dufek from the Purcellville Police Department said the teenagers admitted to coughing into their own sleeves, but in close proximity to other costumers at the grocery store.
“It appears they were trying to do it as a practical joke and a prank,” said Dufek.
The Police Department determined that no customers or items at the store had been spat or coughed on directly after an analysis of the video footage. It was then concluded that there was no criminal intent behind the pranks. Hence, the department decided not to file charges against these teenagers, and pursue instead to educate both the juvenile perpetrators and their parents on the severity of their actions.
The Police Department detailed on their Facebook page its stand pertaining the incident. The post reads, “We still ask that parents continue to monitor their children’s activities, including social media viewing and posting, and to discourage the promotion of any such fear-inducing behavior.”
This publicity stunt that was videotaped was at par with other previous pranks at grocery stores. These pranks that lead to multiple arrests transpired and copied from the viral video posted by the woman who licked a seemingly unpurchased ice cream tub, Dufek says.