"All right, so tell us," questions Alyona Minkovski from HuffPost Live, "You, um, supposedly you guys are all paying for these gallons of milk and juice and everything that you smash?"
All three hesitate and look reluctant to answer, then the truth comes out.
"Uh, we pay for some of them, yeah."
"Some of them," repeats Alyona in a disapproving tone.
"All right, I have to ask," Alyona asks later in the interview, "Do you feel like it's a little wasteful? I mean all that good milk and juice and water that people could be drinking and enjoying, going to waste."
The awkward silence that follows is very telling, and Alonya laughs a bit as her point obviously strikes home.
"Yeah, I mean after we did them, the falling and all that," splutters one of the teens, "we kinda looked back and, you know, we felt bad, you know, for the janitors that had to whatever like, um, hafta clean up and um whoever had to clean up, yeah I mean we kinda felt bad but in the end we were just trying to film a funny prank."
"Would you guys recommend other people going out gallon smashing?" Challenges Alonya's fellow host and producer, Jacob Soboroff.
"No. No-no. Don't." Comes back the chorus.
"Honestly, not really. It can be dangerous, and it can end pretty bad."
They elaborate a tally of injuries, mostly bruises.
All for Youtube hits, three teenage Custys violently smash containers when no one appears to be looking and fall heavily to the floor. As genuinely concerned shoppers try to give them assistance, they make a scene: slipping and sliding in the spilled liquid like cartoon characters and spreading the spill with every flailing movement of their legs.
Obviously this 'friendly prank' is not intended to cause harm and is meant for laughs. However, as a former retail slave, I can imagine the resulting mess is much less funny for the slaves who have to clean up after it. I can't imagine the managers cracking a smile at the concern about it being an incident where a custy could have been legitimately harmed. Then there's the loss of product; a cost to the store, which probably already loses money due to crusty temper tantrums and managers being caught between corporate, who always backs the crusty, and a shrieking harridan that the manager just wants to get rid of.
I have filed this under Asshole Custys, Custys With Entitlement Complex, Douchebag Custys, Dumbass Custys, Grocery Store Hell, and Rude Custys, so I think my vote is clear.