There must be something wrong with me because I'm not laughing. (screengrab via NBC10)
I blame Jimmy Kimmel.
He's made everyone so confused about what constitutes a funny Internet prank that young people today think it's hilarious to drive around and pretend to shoot people. 21-year-old Daron Stinson, who appears to consider himself something of an Internet comedian, has been driving around Philly pulling a "drive-by prank." The entirety of the prank is that Stinson and a friend threaten random passersby with a pellet gun painted to look like a handgun and then drive away giggling. Stinson has also been posting the videos of these encounters to Instagram, presumably in hopes they will go viral and he will someday be as respected of a comedian as Mr. Kimmel.
In one video below, an older man salting a sidewalk is told to hand over the salt. In another, a teenager falls to the ground when Stinson starts shooting. It's almost the exact opposite of hilarious, which is an achievement in itself.
Unfortunately for Stinson, the Philadelphia Police also have access to the Internet and they were not amused. Stinson was arrested and charged with aggravated assault and robbery, even though no one was injured and nothing was stolen. It seems Philly cops have about as much time for unfunny pranks as the rest of us.
(by Shira Rachel Danan)