TikTok bans prankster who was egged on by 1million fans to do idiotic stunts including fighting with McDonald’s staff, putting a broom in a boiling chip fat fryer, throw things off a skyscraper and ride on fire engine
- TikToker named Out of Society gained 90,000 followers for ‘dangerous’ stunts
- Yorkshire police arrested three men over one of the prankvideos
TikTok has banned an ‘idiot’ prankster who shares ‘dangerous’ clips of himself grappling with McDonald’s staff, riding on a fire engine’s roof, and throwing wooden brooms off the top of a skyscraper.
The North Yorkshire TikToker, who goes by the username Out Of Society, earned more than 90,000 followers and millions of ‘likes’ by filming himself committing shockingly dangerous acts – including one which saw three pranksters arrested.
In one video posted on April 23, the TikTok user takes a broom from a McDonald’s worker, rushes into the kitchen, and dunks the brush head into a deep-fat fryer.
The video then shows another McDonald’s worker rushing over to the prankster and trying to grab the oil soaked broom out of his hands, before the TikToker throws it aside and runs out the store – pushing past staff on the way.
In another bizarre clip, Out of Society’s broom motif is repeated, as a video shows him standing on top of a skyscraper and throwing two over the side to plummet hundreds of feet towards the ground.
The TikTok account gained 90,000 followers before it was banned by the video platform
The prankster alters his voice and wears a balaclava in photos while posing on Instagram
A third video posted in late March sees the trickster riding on the roof of a fire engine in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. When workers ask him to get down, he simply replies ‘no, shut up you’.
Yorkshire Police have since confirmed they’ve arrested three men in their 20s on suspicion of outraging public decency as a result of the fire engine incident and that they’ve subsequently been released on bail.
The prankster appears to alter his voice while speaking on the videos and poses wearing a balaclava to conceal his identity when posting on Instagram.
Yet, despite the content’s dangerous nature, Out of Society’s TikTok videos successfully racked up more than 10 million views and 1.6 million likes since December 2022 before he was banned from the social media platform.
TikTok confirmed it had removed the prankster’s account for ‘violating’ the social media platforms guidelines.
Users of the social media platform, meanwhile, called Out of Society their ‘new favourite TikToker’ as one said they ‘love this guy’, while another begged for him to reply to their messages that hailed him a ‘legend’.
The TikToker took a broom from a McDonald’s worker before rushing into the kitchen
The prankster is filmed submerging the broom into a McDonald’s deep fat fryer
A McDonald’s worker tried to grab the brush from the prankster’s hands
Still, others slammed TikTok for allowing the videos on the platform and for allowing the user to become an ‘influencer’ in the first place.
One TikTok user asked: ‘Can we as a society form this unspoken rule that if there are one of these ‘influencers’ that are terrorising working folk we can throw their phone into the garbage?’
A TikTok spokesperson said: ‘We have removed this account for violating our community guidelines, which make clear that we prohibit content that depicts dangerous or illegal acts.
‘We have over 40,000 talented safety professionals, dedicated to upholding our guidelines, who identify, review and remove content or accounts that violate them.’
In Q4 2022, TikTok claim to have identified and removed 96% of content that violated their Community Guidelines before they were reported, 91% within 24 hours and 85% before anyone had viewed the content.
The account, which also included videos of a man walking around shops and theme parks after closing time, was only removed after TikTok were contacted by reporters.
The platform says in its Community Guidelines that it does not accept ‘content depicting dangerous acts that could lead to serious harm’.
However, TikTok said they are open about the fact that they won’t catch every instance of violative content, which is why they continue to invest at scale in their ‘Trust and Safety’ operations.
The trickster was filmed riding on top of a fire engine in Scarborough, North Yorkshire
Police arrested three men in their 20s in connection with the North Yorkshire fire engine video
In a statement, North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service asked parents of children who have ‘viewed this footage’ to ‘talk to them about how dangerous this behaviour is.’
‘If we had received an emergency call, we could be writing a very different statement this morning,’ the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said
The statement explains the fire engine was was ‘travelling through Scarborough at around 7.30pm’ when the prankster ‘climbed on top of it’.
‘This was unauthorised and as soon as he was spotted, the appliance was safely brought to a stop. Our crew checked for injuries before expressing their concerns around the dangerous behaviour.’
‘The man, who was joined by two others on foot, became verbally aggressive and abusive towards our crew.’
‘Treating our staff in this way is completely unacceptable and this matter has been reported to North Yorkshire Police, the statement added.
A McDonald’s spokesperson said: ‘This incident was totally unacceptable and it is disappointing to see a customer behaving in such an irresponsible manner.
North Yorkshire Police said: ‘You may have seen a video on TikTok where a man was seen on the top of a fire engine in Scarborough.
‘We can now confirm three men in their 20s have been arrested in connection with this.
‘They have been arrested on suspicion of outraging public decency and public order and have been released on bail.
‘The video was filmed at around 7.30pm last night and as soon as the man was spotted by firefighters, the appliance was brought safely to a stop.
‘Three men then became verbally aggressive and abusive towards the firefighters before they left the scene.
‘We have already spoken with several witnesses but if anyone else has information which may assist with our investigation, please contact us quoting reference 12230055973.
‘Information can also be passed anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.’
Out Of Society has been contacted for comment.
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