With the popularity of Googleâ€™s video sharing site has come an unfortunate rise in pranks from people chasing their 15 minutes of web fame. Kids plot, film, and proudly upload their practical jokes â€“ and sometimes, those videos wind up becoming the evidence thatâ€™s used against them in court.
That was the case for two unnamed boys who were arrested after flouting their â€śfire in the holeâ€ť stunt. The gag revolves around pulling into a restaurantâ€™s drive-through window and ordering a drink; once the waitress hands you the soda, you yell, â€śfire in the holeâ€ť and throw the beverage back in her face.
These scofflaws pulled off the prank last July, soaking Jessica Ceponis at a Taco Bell outside Orlando. The very clever Ms. Ceponis found the video, anonymously befriended the kids online, and appealed to their hubris to confirm their identities. After a call to one boyâ€™s mother, and another to the police, two of the boys in the car (the 16-year-old driver and the 15-year-old videographer) were arrested on battery and criminal-mischief charges.
On top of their fine and community service, the judge ordered them to post a follow-up video on YouTube. This apology, which the boys wrote and filmed themselves, had to warn other kids about the consequences of pranks. (More than 7,300 viewers so far.) Itâ€™s not the most exciting video, but I like discipline that think outside of the box. Once the boys have fulfilled their sentence, the charges against them will be dropped â€“ but the YouTube video will live on.
[Via USA Today]