They walk into a grocery store, grab a
gallon of milk, and smash it on to the floor while a friend records the entire
episode. Many times, the smasher will pretend to fall at the same
time causing Good Samaritans to come rushing to his aid. And then,
of course, the video gets uploaded to YouTube and other related
That is about the extent of this new
source of amusement which seems to be spreading throughout the country.
It's called gallon smashing, and it is the
latest phenomenon to reach the social media world.
Mostly perpetrated by teens, gallon
smashing has become the latest vehicle in the race to get hits and
publicity on YouTube. As of this writing, there are several
YouTube channels with at least one having more than one million hits.
Now on law enforcement's radar, the
question becomes what, if any, criminal charges would apply.
Recently, such an incident
took place in Netwon, New Jersey, a suburban town located in Sussex County.
Officers charged a 19-year-old under the Criminal Mischief and
Disorderly Conduct statutes. Both statutes seem to be a good fit.
Similar incidents have occurred in
Virginia and as far away as England.
Below is a YouTube video of one such
incident reportedly to have occurred in New Jersey: