Four young men set out for Venice Beach to pull a prank on passersby. The idea was simple: after asking people if they were interested in “buying coke,” they would usher them to the hatch of their SUV and uncover dozens of cans of Coca-Cola.
When police were alerted that there may be drug-dealing going on right on the strip, they showed up to investigate. The pranksters decided to go with it.
Acting nervous, the guys put on quite a show that culminates in one in the back covering his face and shouting:
I can’t deal with it. There’s a bunch of Coke in the back.
The cops take the “dealers” out of the car and handcuff them. After a search of the vehicle they find the “Coke,” and they are very visibly amused.
The cops have a good laugh; they un-cuff the pranksters, there’s some hand-shaking and the joke comes to an end.
The video of the prank, shown below, has reached more than a million people.
After the incident, the big-wigs of the LAPD decided they weren’t so amused. They say the incident is likened to “swatting.” Swatting is when someone calls in a fake crime, typically for revenge against someone.
Commander Andrew Smith of the LAPD told NBC News:
It is dangerous for the participants involved and a huge waste of a police officer’s time. The public has a right to have their police officers working and not wasting their time responding to juvenile pranks.
Th public also has the right for the police to lighten up and smile every now and then.
Hilarious “Selling Coke” prank goes viral:
H/T: The Free Thought Project | Image: Screengrab from YouTube