Do you know when the worst time for a practical joke is? A pandemic. Do you know where the worst place for a practical joke during a pandemic is? The New York City subway. And yet, some TikTok prankster thought that’s exactly what the stressed out, exhausted, and anxious city needed.
On Wednesday, the MTA and basically all of NYC called out an incredibly dim-witted jerk for dumping a vat of milk and cereal on a moving train.
This absolute loser upset a bunch of folks (who are mostly only using the subway for essential travel) and made a disgusting mess that subway staff had to take extra time to clean up.
How does it feel to have the entirety of NYC mad at you, dude?
The MTA shared the video and their anger over the stunt on Twitter. “A new low: Pulling a prank on essential workers in the middle of a global pandemic,” the agency wrote. “And making essential workers clean up your mess. Despicable.”
According to the footage, the TikTok prankster @fckjoshy got on the uptown 4 train heading to 149 St-Grand Concourse station in the Bronx. He poured a box of fruity pebbles and a gallon of milk in a large plastic container before beginning to eat the cereal. Then, he got up and dumped the cereal onto the train’s floor.
“I accidentally dropped a whole tub of cereal on the subway today,” he said in a TikTok video. “I was like ‘oh my god this is the worst day of my life, not my fruity pebbles.’ Everyone started moving away and filming me, but I was like ‘can someone help.’ Surprisingly no one offered. So I had to put the soggy cereal in myself.”
You can also see in the video that he is not wearing a mask, which on public transportation is incredibly irresponsible.
People were enraged at the TikTok prankster’s callousness and willingness to endanger and inconvenience the public during a health crisis, with some calling for law enforcement to get involved.
Apparently, he also has a TikTok video in which he goes into a food establishment and a drug store wearing a mask that has a huge hole in it, basically terrorizing essential workers. Imagine your brand being “the guy who scares people trying to keep your city running.”
However, hopefully this prankster’s days of harassing New Yorkers while they try to get through their day during a pandemic might soon be over. This morning, the NYPD told TMZ that they are looking into the matter.