September 16, 2021
A TikTok user has come under fire after posting a video of him emptying a cup of coffee on unsuspecting passersby and labeling it as a funny prank.
Pranks do not always turn out funny, especially for those on the receiving end. One TikTok user learned this lesson the hard way after sharing a video of him performing the prank of a lifetime.
The clip, shared by Chris Boat, showed a man wearing a mask standing over an indoor balcony as he observed the passersby on the ground floor.
He then grabbed a cup of take-out coffee beside him, leaned over casually, and tipped the cup, emptying its content. The liquid beverage then spattered to the ground floor, slashing on two random people walking past at that moment.
The man and the person behind the camera burst out laughing immediately as they ran away from view to avoid getting caught. The footage played over the background song, "Champagne Poetry," by Drake.
The incident took place at a Target in Stamford, Connecticut, famed for its numerous flight of stairs. Boat posted the video on TikTok, which immediately attracted heated reactions, with most TikTok users accusing him of playing a childish prank.
Over 3.1 million people have viewed the video since it was posted. It has also racked up to ten thousand comments and a staggering 704,000 likes, to the creator's disbelief. Condemning the controversial prank, one TikToker wrote:
"No person older than 12 finds pouring coffee on someone fun unless you have serious problems."
One user tagged the poster as a menace to society, while another noted that kids were becoming more disrespectful by the day.
Some users tried to make Boat see the flaws in his actions and learn to be more considerate in the future. One wrote: "She was probably having a bad day. This is the definition of taking the prank too far."
Another agreed, adding that the man took those drastic measures without considering the people that got hurt, all in a bid to become famous. The comment read:
"Just not funny, she could've been having a [expletive] day and you did that. But it's ok since you want to be TikTok famous."
Many maintained that they might have found the prank funny if the poster had used water in place of the scalding coffee. In his defense, Boat insisted the coffee was not hot, as he used an already-opened container which he found randomly.
He also pointed out that he chose to use the coffee since it was already within his grasp. Another TikToker expressed concern over the health of the two prank victims, saying:
"The only thing I have a problem with is what if that person had an allergic reaction to that? You literally never know bro Like chill."
Interestingly, not all commenters went for Boat's neck, as some people found the controversial prank hilarious. One person commented, "This was the funniest!"
Another defended @ChrisBoat's actions by making an observation everyone else "seemingly" missed, saying: "The coffee didn't even hit the person and y'all mad at him. What is this society man?"
Despite the varying opinions, one thing everyone had in common was the fact that they would not find it funny if they were at the receiving end of the prank.