The YouTuber said that the fake robbery was actually a way to see if people would help someone being robbed as a social experiment.
Botched ATM Robbery Prank Leaves YouTuber With Broken Nose
YouTubers frequently engage in peculiar activities to generate views on their videos, and pranks are among the most sought-after content categories.
While it is generally advised that pranks should not cause harm, they are acceptable as long as they are lighthearted in nature.
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However, in this case, the YouTuber ended up injuring themselves.
An old prank that had a disastrous outcome is gaining popularity once again as viewers watch the YouTuber responsible for the prank suffer a broken nose.
The video was originally uploaded to YouTube in 2014 through the channel 'Reckless Youth'.
Recently, it resurfaced when sports blog Barstool Sports stumbled upon the footage earlier this week.
The video footage captures one of the pranksters using the ATM when suddenly, his friend disguised as a thief sneaks up from behind and grabs him.
The prankster assuming the role of the robber shouted, "Give me the money!" as he pounced on the "victim," portrayed by another member of the group.
The "victim" reacted by screaming, "Get off me!" after being forcefully tackled to the ground.
Following the initial encounter, the prankster who was tackled retaliated by swiftly bringing his friend down to the ground, resulting in a tumultuous wrestling match between the two on the shopping center floor.
An unsuspecting passer-by, oblivious to the fact that it was a prank, swiftly intervened, rushing to the rescue and delivering a powerful punch to the face of the prankster, resulting in a broken nose.
At that moment, the three individuals shouted, "It's a prank," but unfortunately, it was too late as blood began to trickle from the teenager's injured nose.
Famous Youtube Prankster gets his Nose Broken in 3 Places after ATM Robbery Prank goes Horribly Wrong... pic.twitter.com/goBHUyl5gY— Southland Post (@SouthlandPost) May 29, 2023
Reflecting on the incident, one of the group members, Mr. Maran, stated that the prank was conducted as a social experiment to observe how people would respond in an actual robbery scenario.
“The reason we made the video was it was a social experiment and what we wanted to try to prove was that there are people out there that are going to help in a robbery,” he told PerthNow, back in 2014.
“Literally in every clip someone came and pulled George off me except in the last clip where it went a bit far,” he continued, explaining that the collective anticipated some physical responses. “We expected that.”
The pranksters faced severe backlash from social media users, who criticized them for their actions and emphasized that they were fortunate to have escaped with only a broken nose.
“My only complaint is he only got hit once,” one wrote.
“This isn't a prank even if he didn't intend to do any harm. He deserved every bit of it,” a second wrote.
“The 'it's a prank' card was used really fast when sh** got real,” a third added.
“I see this as 'poetic justice'. Pretend to be a criminal for a prank... get treated like a real criminal immediately,” another added.
“So I guess this is the end of his YouTube career? Onto new adventures,” said a fifth.
“Every single comment has been negative, saying how stupid we are, how dumb this prank is.” Maran added.
“Honestly, I didn't think it would be that negative. I thought we'd get a few people saying this is a silly prank – but literally almost every single comment is a hate comment.'
The video was shared together with several other fake theft scenarios where the teens would pretend to rob someone, but then they would confess to the onlookers that it was all for their YouTube channel.
In the aftermath of this ill-conceived prank gone wrong, it serves as a reminder of the potential dangers and consequences that can arise from engaging in irresponsible and harmful actions for the sake of online fame.
While pranks and humor have their place in entertainment, it is crucial to prioritize the safety and well-being of both participants and unsuspecting individuals.