Teens accused of ‘gallon smashing’ at Butte store

2013-03-14T13:13:00Z 2013-03-29T15:34:24Z Teens accused of ‘gallon smashing’ at Butte storeBy JOHN GRANT EMEIGH Montana Standard The Billings Gazette

BUTTE — Some Butte teens may be crying over spilled milk.

That’s because they face possible charges for imitating an Internet prank known as “gallon smashing” that has gone viral recently.

Butte police say one 15-year-old boy was cited with misdemeanor criminal mischief and theft for intentionally destroying two one-gallon cartons of milk in Wal-Mart on Friday evening. Police suspect three other teens may have been involved and charges were pending Monday.

The teen grabbed two one-gallon jugs of milk and threw them on the floor in Wal-Mart at about 6:30 p.m., police reported. The jugs ruptured and spilled milk all over the floor; the juvenile then fell to the floor and rolled in the spilled milk, according to the police report.

Another teen allegedly recorded the incident with his cell phone, according to Undersheriff George Skuletich. Employees detained the teen accused of smashing the jugs, while the other teens managed to get away.

The boy allegedly told police his friends wanted to record him smashing the milk and then post the video on YouTube, Skuletich said.

The “gallon smashing” prank appeared on the Internet last month. Three teens in Virginia who recorded themselves smashing gallon jugs of milk and juice are said to have started the prank. The videos received national attention after they were posted on YouTube and other teens around the country started making their own gallon-smashing videos.

Skuletich warned teens that gallon-smashing is a crime.

“It’s goofy,” Skuletich said. “You might think it’s a prank or whatever, but you are destroying other people’s property and committing a theft.”

Skuletich said police have the identities of the other three teens allegedly involved in the prank and they are expected to be charged in juvenile court.

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  1. The Real Vic Venom
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    The Real Vic Venom - March 21, 2013 9:32 am
    Stupid is as stupid does. And this is pretty stupid. What other stupid things on the internet are idiots out there going to copycat.

    Makes me think of what my mom always used when I'd say my friends get to do it, "If your friends jumped off a brige, would you do it too?"

    These days, I am starting to wonder..............
  2. greeniguana
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    greeniguana - March 20, 2013 3:57 am
    "Goofy"??? Try stupid.
    America, the greatest nation in the galaxy.
  3. bees
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    bees - March 19, 2013 1:38 pm
    WRONG WRONG WRONG!!! the powers-that-be just refuse to acknowledge it.
    The sandy hook murderer, the oregon mall shooter, so many others... all had one thing in common! VIOLENT VIDEO GAMES! Yesterday news showed the reason Lanza killed himself was to get 'more game points'. why is the correlation so hard to see?
  4. VCSORD1
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    VCSORD1 - March 17, 2013 6:21 am
    Clearly, these children do not have enough to think about.
  5. BBB
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    BBB - March 16, 2013 8:08 am
    This is milk---------yes not respectful, stupid and the rest. I wonder why they are doing this? Where are the parents, church, society in all of this. What are we doing wrong? Crazy indeed. Oh don't put an STUPID on them--------I know a few adult that could use such a sign and sometimes it is me.
  6. daiseemae
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    daiseemae - March 16, 2013 12:03 am
    Hopefully a few teenage pranksters in my town will be crying the blues tonight too. They decided to imitate this "art form" and throw around a few gallons of milk and tea "just for the fun of it". Hopefully they will sing a different tune when the law gets done prosecuting them for vandalism.
  7. funicks
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    funicks - March 15, 2013 10:05 pm
    This also happened at the heights Albertson's in Billings. There is a video of it on you tube.
  8. enough aready
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    enough aready - March 15, 2013 9:12 pm
    These kids need to wear a sign that says stupid for the next month in front of Walmart every Saturday and Sunday. I bet they might learn from they're mistakes then.
  9. DR
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    DR - March 15, 2013 7:54 pm
    There is no evidence that violent video games lead to murder (or other violent crimes). I could go on and on about your inaccuracies but you won't understand anyway. Quit generalizing.
  10. Jus Wundrin
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    Jus Wundrin - March 15, 2013 1:45 pm
    "......for imitating an Internet prank known as “gallon smashing” that has gone viral recently."

    Progressives will tell us that these videos do not influence people. That the "jackass" movies wont cause people to severely injure themselves. That violent video games wont lead one to commit murder. That movies like the "Dark Night" wont set off a psychotic ticking time bomb.

    Hey, its just art.
  11. Jus Wundrin
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    Jus Wundrin - March 15, 2013 1:36 pm
    I wonder what ol Shakespeare would think of todays youth. Good use of progressive moral equivalency.....unless you lived in the 16th century, or conversed with William over coffee the other day.
  12. lefty the cowboy
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    lefty the cowboy - March 15, 2013 10:33 am
    Nonsense. An element of every generation says this about younger generations. Bill Shakespeare even wrote about the phenomenom.
  13. lefty the cowboy
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    lefty the cowboy - March 15, 2013 10:31 am
    It was in the lead.
  14. glasshouse
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    glasshouse - March 15, 2013 10:19 am
    I agree with Really now, these kids show no respect, but what has me laughing are the people who comment that it has to due with them being from Butte. Kids do nothing bad in Billings?? I guess Butte is the only town in the state of Montana that have medical marijauana stores and doctors?? I am also suprised that Butte is the only town that have underage drinking. I love how people are so good to judge a few kids being dumb as the entire town!!
  15. CoolHeadedLogician
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    CoolHeadedLogician - March 15, 2013 7:25 am
    FlipSide
    too
  16. ne-mt
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    ne-mt - March 15, 2013 6:37 am
    These kids should have to help clean this store without pay for a year. That way they will learn a trade that they can use later in life.
  17. FlipSide
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    FlipSide - March 15, 2013 12:56 am
    They never raised em to bright in Butte, ex Gov Martz and her clothes washing escapades were proof of that!
  18. gman123
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    gman123 - March 14, 2013 11:21 pm
    I think we can thank today's society which believes parents should not raise a hand to disapline kids these days. Instead they want to do the timeout. By the time they figure out they were wrong and that their parents and grandparents were more right then wrong for busting their butt with the belt, it to late to correct them.
  19. gpm
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    gpm - March 14, 2013 6:04 pm
    You don't ,you eliminate it.
  20. BillingsCapitolofNewOldWest
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    BillingsCapitolofNewOldWest - March 14, 2013 4:59 pm
    Makes ya want to go to st pays parade Not
  21. Whatevvver
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    Whatevvver - March 14, 2013 4:52 pm
    are we really crying over spilt milk here people?? haaa ..ha - THAT was good, u know it was lol
  22. BillingsCapitolofNewOldWest
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    BillingsCapitolofNewOldWest - March 14, 2013 4:49 pm
    Where is the medical marihuana and underage alcohol. Butte never changes
  23. gpm
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    gpm - March 14, 2013 4:46 pm
    Underage Irish kids celebrating St. Pat's Day early?
  24. ne-mt
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    ne-mt - March 14, 2013 4:38 pm
    How do you fix stupid.
  25. Really now
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    Really now - March 14, 2013 4:33 pm
    What its really sad is the blatant lack of respect, morals, ethics, decency and responsibility this generation has!
  26. ruby
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    ruby - March 14, 2013 3:18 pm
    Where is the cliche about crying over spilled milk?

    I am glad that they are making an "example" of the boys but this "crime" is far less serious than what their classmates and others in their peer group are doing.
  27. MTKAMPIN
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    MTKAMPIN - March 14, 2013 2:18 pm
    stupid stupid stupid stupid...
  28. 2012
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    2012 - March 14, 2013 2:12 pm
    Bookem Dan'l. Would waterboarding with milk be called milkboarding? Ok, milkboard them. At least hold him long enough till the mild sours good.

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