WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Two men in hazmat suits holding a clear container with “warning” written on it joined New York City commuters.
- The stunt incited both amusement, confusion and hysteria among passengers.
- Viral video now being dubbed as coronavirus prank gains flak on Instagram.
New York City commuters found themselves on the receiving end of a coronavirus prank and it resulted in a little bit of drama.
A videotaped prank involving two men seen sitting inside of an MTA subway car while wearing white hazmat suits, masks, and gloves, is now going viral on Instagram.
The two men entered the subway car casually holding a clear container with “warning” written on it, suggesting that the liquid contents are potentially hazardous. The passengers on the subway car are seen on the video either amused or staring in apparent confusion.
“Is that coronavirus?” said one of the passengers in the background.
“That’s not kool-aid,” said another passenger.
The man holding the container begins to open it as the prank continues and some passengers are seen in the video to look like they are about to move away. Seconds later, the man gets up from his seat and pretends to topple over and spills the unknown liquid all over the floor of the train.
The incident incited hysteria among the commuters who at the time did not seem to understand the stunt was a hoax. Some of the passengers began to flee the area to avoid the spillage.
“Gotta love nyc!!” reads a comment on the video from one Instagram user.
“If your dumb enough to believe thats how they would travel with it you deserve to be tricked,” another person wrote.
The pranksters from the video posted also received flak from other Instagram users, saying that the stunt pulled was not funny at all.
“This was really stupid to do. Someone is looking on getting hurt. People would do anything stupid just to get views,” someone commented.
“This could of hurt someone by everyone running or someone scared enough to have a heart attack. Shame of these guys for thinking this would be a good prank,” another said.
The World Health Organization (WHO) updated the official numbers for coronavirus (now COVID-19) on Wednesday afternoon with a total of more than 1,100 dead, and 45,171 people infected on a global scale.
Source: Fox News