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Man Dumps Entire Vat Of Cereal on Subway As "Prank", Risking Lives Of Overworked Essential Workers During Pandemic

Man Dumps Entire Vat Of Cereal on Subway As "Prank", Risking Lives Of Overworked Essential Workers During Pandemic

The man left the mess he made on the train and got off. Many of his pranks are of a similar fashion.

Social media is an important aspect in today's society. While there are many positives, there are also negatives associated with these platforms. With the lockdown in place, TikTok has become widely popular. While most of it is fun to watch, one prankster took it to the next level. His prank was not only was annoying but also highly insensitive because it put the lives of essential workers at risk. 

TikTok prankster @fckjoshy chose the New York City subway to pull off a prank. The man dumped a big plastic box of cereal and milk inside a moving train heading to 149 St-Grand Concourse station in the Bronx.

After dropping it on the floor, the man is heard saying, "I accidentally dropped a whole tub of cereal on the subway today." He then acted as if he was going to clean the mess all by himself. However, clearly he was of no help. After minutes of making it look even worse, he got down the train shamelessly.



 

The prank made people uncomfortable besides it put the essential workers at risk. Moreover, the prankster was not wearing a mask and putting the lives of his co-travelers at risk in this time of global health crisis. According to TMZ, he later narrated the incident saying, "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."



 

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) posted the video on Twitter and the authorities along with the public slammed the prankster for his insensitive joke. "A new low: Pulling a prank on essential workers in the middle of a global pandemic. And making essential workers clean up your mess. Despicable," wrote the MTA on Twitter.

The public demanded his arrest. "So workers took their time SANITIZING ALL TRAINS just for this clout seeking saltine to spill his TUB of fruity pebbles all over?!? He should be fined and arrested the same way that young man from Cali was arrested for eating a sandwich on the platform..," wrote one angry user. "So let me get this straight, this guy dumps cereal on a subway train that custodial workers have been tirelessly cleaning to ensure the safety of the public and posted it on TikTok as a joke? All while inconveniencing essential workers?" wrote another user.



 

Being one of the most affected places in the country with more than 28,000 deaths, the state has been the public to be extremely cautious. While many can afford to practice social distancing, the essential workers of the city are tirelessly working to keep the city running.

According to US News, each night, the subway is closed from 1 A.M. to 5 A.M to be cleaned and disinfected by the MTA workers to ensure the safety of commuters. Similarly, other public transport systems such as the buses are also cleaned every 24 hours. With the virus spreading rapidly and unable to work from home,  many essential workers have already been affected. 

According to Vox, more than 2,400 MTA workers have tested positive for Covid-19 and at least 68 people have lost their lives to the pandemic. These people are putting their lives and their families' health at risk by coming to work every day. But their determination and sacrifice are vital in keeping the city together during these chaotic times. Therefore, such pranks cannot be encouraged. According to TMZ, the case is under investigation by the NYPD.



 

Meanwhile,  the prankster's TikTok page is filled with similar content. One of his videos shows him running errands wearing a mask with a hole in the middle. In another video, he is seen making a joke out of the CDC precautionary measures of wearing a mask in public. The prankster goes around putting masks on statues as an act of mockery.

References:

https://www.tiktok.com/@fckjoshy/video/6824441533727509765
https://www.tmz.com/2020/05/14/tiktok-cereal-prank-subway-despicable-mta/
https://twitter.com/MTA/status/1260715836957954048
https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2020-04-30/new-york-launches-tracing-network-temporarily-closes-subway-for-cleaning
https://www.vox.com/identities/2020/5/7/21235115/essential-workers-new-york-city-coronavirus