“Gallon Smashing Prank”
Mar 4th, 2013
Over the past week, you might have heard about something called the “Gallon Smashing Prank” that was posted to YouTube. In the videos, groups of people (mostly male youths) are going into stores and filming their friends grabbing gallons of milk and other beverages off grocery store shelves and then throwing the milk – and themselves – to the ground. They’ve usually made enough noise that it alerts our store staff or other customers, and in many instances the bottles break open.
Our stores take these incidents very seriously and react immediately; however, what most may not realize is that not only can they be seriously hurt in pulling a prank like this, it can also result in charges being filed against them.
The safety of all of our customers is a top priority, whether it’s the food we sell or our store environment. We want everyone and everything there to be safe. Even though Gallon Smashing is listed on YouTube as a prank, it’s far from funny. We have had this happen in several stores, and we’re taking it very seriously because we want people to get the message that this is dangerous. In most cases, we’ve simply had to clean up whatever might have been spilled and ensure that everyone is okay. In other cases, there has been damage to the store and the youths have fled the building. In all instances, we are notifying the police of what has happened and turning over any surveillance footage we might have. We’re taking these steps because we want our customers to be safe, and we want everyone to know that pranks like Gallon Smashing that threaten customer safety won’t be tolerated.