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Legality of Viral Trend ‘Gallon Smash’ Questioned

(WGGB) — What’s being called the newest viral video concept is making some people laugh until tears, while others are crying over spilled milk, literally. A mix of flying milk and flailing limbs violently crashing to the ground.

The falls are fake, the wasted milk isn’t.

It’s called “gallon smashing” and it’s the creation of two Virginia brothers and their cousin Omar, Faysal and Zayd Khatib. “It was just an innocent prank. No one got hurt, nothing bad happened,” they told Cable show Right This Minute.

The spills dupe supermarket workers and shoppers into thinking the boys are actually hurt. A lot of people seem to find it funny. The videos racked up more than 3 million views in just a few days.

But it’s not only gaining attention for its comedic value, it’s also the center of growing controversy. Some people think it crosses the line, and the boys understand that.

“I don’t think we can top this we probably won’t do anything this bad again probably calm it down a little,” said Khatib.

We asked viewers to chime in on what they thought about gallon smashing and most agree that the prank goes too far. Many people said the videos were “extremely out of line” and others called it ” STUPID… IDIOTIC…” and some even suggested the boys be arrested. Experts say jail time isn’t so far-fetched.

“It does seem a bit malicious… particularly because someone has to clean it up based upon that it can easily be viewed as a crime,” said ABC News Legal Analyst Dana Cole.

As of now the original video has been taken down off of YoutTube.com, but people have re-uploaded the video. And of course there are plenty of copy-cats out there from all over the world.

In Utah, Wednesday, an incident police are calling a copycat landed 10 juveniles with disorderly conduct charges.

  • alpinequeen

    Shall we cry over spilled milk?

  • robn

    I think we have bigger problems in this country that need attention, people need to to focus on topics that affect as a nation cause US is falling apart, insted crying over some spilled milk. And that goes for the media as well.

    • alpinequeen

      I agree. Unfortunately the days of John Cameron Swayze, Huntley and Brinkley and Walter Cronkite are gone. Who’d have thought that Leno would show online videos? There’s a new breed of journalist in the office and they reflect the new technologies and viewpoints.

  • LudlowResident

    Robn- Actions like this ARE the problem with this country- irresponsible, wasteful people!