Gallon Smashing Leads to Juvenile Citation

Although the Harlem Shake seems to be all the rage this month, there is another internet sensation that is drawing ire from local food stores and law enforcement officials.

The craze is called “gallon smashing”, and it involves intentionally smashing a gallon of milk in a grocery aisle.  In order to get away with the mess, participants act like they slipped and “accidentally” dropped the gallons of milk.  Before it became popular, a group of teens videotaped themselves performing the act at a variety of convenience stores.  You can see the video below.

Although the video is mildly assuming, grocery stores and their employees aren’t laughing.  They are forced to clean up the mess, and sometimes property and other food products are damaged by the spilled milk.

It’s uncertain if the teens in the original video ever received any citations, but one St. Paul teen learned her lesson the hard way when she tried to emulate the prank at a local Target store this month.

An off-duty officer was at the University Avenue Target when the incident occurred.  When he asked the manager what happened in the aisle, the manager said a “gallon smashing incident” had occurred.

Law enforcement officials did not state whether or not the incident was captured on video or if witnesses saw the teen perform the act, but when questioned, the 16-year-old admitted to intentionally smashing the gallon of milk.

The off-duty officer wrote the teen citations for disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property.

“Stores should be on the lookout for this behavior,” said St. Paul police spokesman Sgt. Paul Paulos.  “The kids should know it doesn’t just cost property, but jeopardizes the safety of themselves and other customers.”

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Avery Appelman is a criminal defense lawyer and the founder of Appelman Law Firm. While his practice is primarily recognized for its work with DWI and related offenses, he has 16 years of experience working with clients on drug, assault, theft, traffic, criminal sexual conduct, and prostitution charges.

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