Halloween is one of those times of year where people are given a little bit extra leeway when it comes to their antics, especially those involving costumes and pranks. Three teenagers in New Jersey could be facing arrests for what I consider to be a harmless prank.
The three teens came up with a funny plan. Two of them would dress in camouflage suits covered in brush, and they would hide in the bushes along a local walking path. The third member of the group would act as a lookout to let the "bushes" know when someone was coming down the path.
When the intended mark would get close enough, the bushes would say "hello", thus giving whoever was walking by a friendly little scare.
Elisa Rodriguez, who was one of the people who wandered down the path and heard funny voices coming out of the bushes thought it was hilarious, and that the teens should be applauded for their ingenuity and Halloween spirit.
The cops and the town didn't see it this way though...
The Union County Police Department is of course being vigilant against having the county sued. They are worried that this harmless practical joke could cause people to fall or have a heart attack on public property...
I do see somewhat of their point, but I believe that is why they have a spotter, to avoid people that may look susceptible to such things. Realistically, this is harmless, no one is getting hurt, and the vast majority of their marks are getting a great story out of it.
When it comes to over-the-top Halloween pranks, this doesn't even come close to one that I would consider dangerous. People have been taking their pranking to the next level over the last few years, especially because the public loves a great viral video.
Here is a video of a number of people committing pranks that are far more likely to have people falling or having heart attacks.
What do you think? Harmless fun, or should these teens get arrested for their "crime"?