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Vienna 'Gallon-Smashing Prank' Teens Face Charges

Fairfax County police are charging teens whose grocery store video went viral with destruction of property, disorderly conduct.

The Vienna teenagers involved in a prank that became a YouTube sensation are facing multiple charges, including disorderly conduct and destruction of property in connection with seven incidents at four area stores, Fairfax County Police said.

The "Gallon Smashing" video, which lasts just more than three minutes, seemed to be filmed mostly in Giant Food stores, though the Pan Am Safeway and a Whole Foods also appear to have a cameo.

In the prank, a teen appears to purposely smashes two milk jugs and then falls, and keeps slipping as passersby try to help him up. The viral video has spurred many copycat videos on YouTube, and teens in copycat cases in New Jersey and Montana are facing charges.

Fairfax County authorities said last week they were investigating the incident

The teens told the Huffington Post earlier this year the pranks are good-natured and aren't intended to cause damage or harm to anyone involved.

When Patch included the story in a weekly "Weird Virginia" roundup, several Patch readers said it was not cool. One Patch reader commented, "I hope these kids were arrested and charged for all their ruined gallons and destruction of property when they hit shelves and lights with the milk and juice. Not to mention all the bystanders and store items that got sprayed. I am sure that more than just their 2 gallons each time had to be cleaned up and thrown away. This should not be glorified."

Pua Kealoha March 26, 2013 at 08:53 PM
I hope Cautious Biker is joking himself --- or lives someplace other than Vienna ... I would hate to think that someone who thinks vandalism and theft (yes, that was THEFT) is just a harmless prank .... I am sure Cautious Biker has reimbursed the stores affected with his own money; that's called "putting your money where your mouth is." Either Cautious Biker is 14 years old or he's a vandal and thief himself.
Pua Kealoha March 26, 2013 at 08:53 PM
I like the way you think, JDG ....
Pua Kealoha March 26, 2013 at 08:55 PM
It's refreshing that there ARE people who can distinguish between vandalism and "harmless" pranks .... these kids are probably not Harvard-bound ....
Pua Kealoha March 26, 2013 at 08:56 PM
It takes people with respect for themselves to assess the stupidity of those teens ... poor Cautious Biker, evidently, does not respect himself much ...
Pua Kealoha March 26, 2013 at 08:57 PM
Ehsaan .... have YOU reimbursed the stores for the cost of the milk? for clean-up? if not, you're a hypocrit with no manners ....
Courtney Faria March 26, 2013 at 09:05 PM
I'm a fifteen year old girl, and to be honest, this isn't exactly a victimless crime. Can we remember that there are people out there starving to death and these kids are smashing precious food, such a waste. The owners of the stores must be stressed as well having to put up with kind of thing. And imagine how many dumb teenagers are out there, be prepared for endless copycats. This entire thing just bothers me.
christine parks March 26, 2013 at 09:39 PM
Absolutely.
christine parks March 26, 2013 at 09:41 PM
You are so correct. I have 2 teenage sons and and 11 yr old daughter. I showed them the video they didnt think it was funny. They thought it was stupid.
CLR March 26, 2013 at 11:35 PM
Geez - Cautious Biker needs to think beyond himself. These kids made pleas for people to help them get up and then pretended to keep falling. Those good samaritans could have easily been hurt; pulled their back trying to help, slipped and fallen in the mess, fell and hit their heads or worse. My 12 year old thought it was crazy stupid. And then to hear that the kids themsleves were the only ones "in on the joke" - he thougth it was reckless. When he read that they didn't have permission to film, didn't buy the product and didn't clean up or apologize - let's just say I let him slip a curse word out of his mouth because I thought that his reaction was appropriate.
Buck T. Fiden March 26, 2013 at 11:48 PM
Not Funny, Stupid, and Idiotic this is the kind of thing a fool does. A fool with a camera and nothing more. I blame the parents and the schools for not teaching these children and yes these are just children behavior like this is just wrong. Look!!! Mommy thats a teenager being a complete jerk in a grocery store. It doesn't even seem real it looks faked and someone should beat him senseless unreal. Ignorant brats
jeannine March 27, 2013 at 12:56 AM
If i were there parent, i would wipe the floor with them!
Cautious Biker March 27, 2013 at 03:53 AM
No, I am not joking, nor am I a thief, vandal, prankster or 14 years old I do however, have a sense of humor and do not believe this should be pursued by the police. We can all have different views, of course, about whether or how funny this was but the anger that is directed at these kids seems out of context and misguided. Remember the facts and ignore the hyperbole: nobody was hurt, they reimbursed the stores for the merchandise, the damage done to the property was less then $100, and the worst thing that happened to those that witnessed this was that they had a few drops of milk on them.... So lets just take a deep breath, gives these kids a break, and be glad that when many of you were young and made mistakes that there wasn't Social Media or iphones around to capture every incident...
R3alAli March 27, 2013 at 05:53 AM
No I didn't reimburse the stores, the kids however DID, so get your facts straight before speaking out. The clean up...well people like you need to be cleaned up from this world anyway so it's not like the atmosphere wasn't already filthy. And also I don't understand how I am a hypocrite, as I didn't say anything that I say should be done but don't actually do it myself. And manners, what does that have to do with anything?
T-Bird March 27, 2013 at 01:16 PM
A good prison beating will straighten them out. Oh and Cautious Biker, you have made it clear that you are somehow involved, and clearly lack any form of objectivity. It was not a harmless prank, it was not funny and they will be punished. Since you were unable to control your child, we will.
T-Bird March 27, 2013 at 01:20 PM
The only break they should get is upside their heads. A weekend in jail and community service sounds good to me. And the only thing that is misguided here is your pathetic attempt to conjure symapthy for these brats, clearly one of which is yours. Perhaps if you were't such a sorry excuse of a parent, we wouldn't have to do your job for you.
Craig A. Bozman March 27, 2013 at 01:41 PM
I hope Cautious Biker didn't reproduce. He/she is either trolling for a reaction or incredibly irresponsible. Either way, he/she is completely out of touch with this issue and societal behavior and responsibility.
Kim March 27, 2013 at 02:07 PM
News flash: kids sometimes do stupid things. It doesn't mean they or their parents are terrible people. They need to make amends, of course, which means cleaning up the mess, reimbursing the store owners, and probably some community service to teach them a lesson. That's it - nothing more, nothing less. They are not hardened criminals, nor are they harmless kids. Some middle ground, people.
John Smith March 27, 2013 at 02:19 PM
Excellent suggestions, christine. I also was going to propose community service for these lads such as volunteering to clean the store's floors for a month or so. That said, this was, after all, a juvenile prank, committed by . . . juveniles! Hence the term "juvenile." Most of us who are a bit older probably can remember some stupid juvenile pranks we perpetrated in our youth, so let's not blow this out of proportion. Make them apologize to the store manager, clean the store for a month, and then let's all move on and forget about it.
John Smith March 27, 2013 at 02:27 PM
Amen, Kim! Let's not make a mountain out of a mole hill here.
Mole Hill March 27, 2013 at 07:54 PM
News Flash Kim your caviar attitude to this sort of behavior is the exact kind "middle ground" are the do nothing people like you these kids feed off of in their acting out. More than a mole hill here John Smith this is a form of mental illness something is not right about that boy in the video.
lindylou March 28, 2013 at 10:09 AM
Have a good laugh at the harmless prank when some fun loving kid spills paint on your sidewalk or cuts your tires. If they learn that this "prank" is cute, they have nothing to prevent them from escalating. This is no different from children who stuff the toilet at school with paper and then flush ...
Cautious Biker March 28, 2013 at 01:06 PM
Most of your comments are more out of control then this silly and harmless prank. Comments included need for 'a good prison beating' calling this 'mental illness', 'wiping the floor with them'. These comments are more reprehensible then the prank and many of you should be ashamed of yourselves for your lack of humor, compassion, and perspective. I hope these kids continue with their endeavors just to annoy many of you who seem to forget what it is like to be a kid and forget that nobody was hurt or forget that this did not cause any serious damage. Take a deep breath and learn how to laugh.
Shreff March 28, 2013 at 03:17 PM
What made it funny? The fact that it was filmed? The antics of slipping in the liquids? Basically it was shoplifting and destruction of property. I am all for pranks. This was just not funny.
Cautious Biker March 28, 2013 at 08:55 PM
I think Vienna Patch should leave this incident and these kids alone as should the police.. Yes, it has drawn attention but I know but the police are investigating this not because of other coverage but solely because the Vienna patch decided to highlight this. No harm, no foul. I have never met these kids but believe they are being unjustly targeted. Leave them alone and stop obsessing about this incident that neither harmed not hurt anyone. The cleanup was insignificant, the loss of product trivial. I am glad that these kids do not have any of you am overzealous parents that have no heart, humor or compassion.
R. March 28, 2013 at 09:34 PM
Cautious BIker...you must be related to these stupid jerks! I have a great sense of humor and nothing about your relatives' vandalism was funny. Further, while the Patch's coverage of this issue is not one sided, public opinion certainly is. Almost everyone on this comment page agrees that the vandals should be made to clean up the stores they vandalized, they should be fined, and they should be made to do community service.
Carol Lewis March 28, 2013 at 11:26 PM
Cautious Biker,what is your evidence that the police investigated this solely on the basis of Vienna Patch coverage? And even if that were true, so what? The police, not Patch,determined that the boys had committed a misdemeanor and charged them appropriately. That is the job of the police. If the boys wanted to keep it secret they should never have put it on YouTube; once it's there it's fair game for anyone to pick up on, Patch, police, whoever. I agree with Kim - they are neither hardened criminals nor are they harmless. They are full of themselves and they need to get over it or find some way to engage in pranks that don't hurt other people or damage property. Your boys-will-be-boys attitude is what allows kids to get away with things that they should be held accountable for. Neither you nor they should blame Patch for their problems with the police.
Lory March 29, 2013 at 04:47 AM
Not funny, destructive and irresponsible behavior. Kids need consequences when their actions negatively affect others--I am a parent and work in the school system so I am basing my opinion on some experience. And you, Ehsaan?
T-Bird March 31, 2013 at 01:30 AM
Sad spineless little troll. Keep having to make new fake accounts do you? Can't even string a coherent insult together I see either. Truly pathetic.
Michelle Thomas April 24, 2013 at 09:36 PM
I for one find T-Bird to be a complete and utter buffoonery of a poster. Has anyone ever read his post what a wanker. This is a tomfoolery of mental illness to the extreme. I can believe such a person walks this earth with the hatred and bigotry abounds in "its" (T-bird) rants. Its the way it (T-Bird) comes across as holier than all and to be damned to anyone in which disagrees. A real honest to goodness hypocrite of the modern day era in which we all as American citizens try to just live our lives as "it" (T-bird) types its racist out . T-bird you monster
KD April 28, 2013 at 04:34 PM
I know of two sisters who have done this "prank" also recently and posted it to their FB pages - laughing and giggling all the way thru it each time. Their parents must have seen it, and I am so disappointed they have not made them take it off and go make restitution. It isn't funny, it's vandalism. I don't know if those boys started this idea, but their nonchalance helped perpetuate it.

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