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New Internet Trend Is Actually A Crime

A New Jersey teen has been charged with disorderly conduct and criminal mischief for pranking a supermarket with the Gallon Smash. Gallon Smash is an Internet phenomenon that shows a shopper smashing two gallons of milk on the floor and then falling to indicate that it was an accident.

The 19-year-old Sussex County teen was arrested for performing the Gallon Smash at a Shop-Rite in Newton. Friends recorded and posted the incident on Facebook. The supermarket didn't originally think anything of the incident - after all, milk gets spilled in diary aisles all the time.

However, when the video popped up on Facebook, Wakefern Food Corp., which operates the Shop-Rite chain, decided it was going to take steps to prevent copy-cat incidents in its other stores.

The grocery chain is not only concerned about property damage and loss of product, but also about injury to other customers from falling on the wet floors the result from the Internet prank.

New Jersey is not the only state where teens emulating the Gallon Smash have been charged. The trend apparently started in Virginia in February. It received attention on national TV that included a Montana TV station's report that became a segment on the Drudge Report. In that incident, a Butte 15-year-old smashed milk containers and fell to the floor, rolling around in the milk. Friends filmed the incident on cell phones and later posted the video to YouTube. Employees detained the young man, who was later charged with theft and criminal mischief.

The Virginia teens that allegedly started the phenomenon have been charged with multiple counts of criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

Source: Gawker.com, "Teens Behind 'Gallon Smashing' Prank Being Charged with Multiple Crimes," Mar. 22, 2013.

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