TikTok’s latest challenge could cost US participants their lives
The latest moronic TikTok challenge could take the lives of contestants if it spreads to the United States.
While most of the “challenges” previously posted on social media are dangerous, the trespassing challenge could trump them all, especially in countries like the US where guns are far more common and homeowners are more likely to use them.
The challenge arose when a group of teenagers filmed themselves illegally entering a house in London and confronting the homeowner. The account that uploaded the original video with the caption “Walking in Random Houses” appears to be suspended The New York Postbut the video went viral on Reddit and Twitter.
In the video, the teenagers ignore a woman sweeping and enter the house through the slightly open front door. The women follow the burglars into the house and ask the owner to “come to the front door immediately”, which he does.
“Is this the study group?” the teen recording the intrusion asks the owner, pretending to be confused. The group receives a negative response from owner James, but boldly enters the living room and sits on the couch.
After James tells them he “has kids,” the group of teens leave the house as the videographer says, “I thought that was the study group.”
The video drew the ire of many and suggested that teenagers in the US could be shot dead in a similar prank.
“I didn’t even have to listen to the video to know this wasn’t in America…boys would have been dead before they crossed the lawn,” said one Reddit commenter.
“In Florida, this will kill you,” added another Reddit user, while another suggested someone “should try this in Texas.”
Several people have been shot dead in recent months simply because they went into the wrong house.
In April, 16-year-old Ralph Yarl was shot in the head by an 83-year-old man after ringing the wrong doorbell while trying to pick up his siblings in Kansas City, Missouri.
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Earlier this month, a 14-year-old Louisiana girl was shot in the head while hiding on the property of a 58-year-old man.
Previous TikTok “challenges” cited by users include drinking enough Benadryl cough syrup to hallucinate, which could lead to seizures and other medical issues, and a blackout challenge in which someone chokes until they faint , which could be deadly.
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