A teenager from Utah decided to cover her eyes and drive a pick-up truck – the latter, the police say, in yet another online craze that seems to inspire reckless behavior.
The 17-year-old girl, who did not call the police, crashed into another car. "Predictable result," Layton's police, just north of Salt Lake City, wrote in a chatter.
The police say the stunt is inspired by the movie "Bird Box", the apocalyptic Sandra Bullock thriller about a mysterious force that drives everyone who looks into suicidal and murderous anger. In the film, the unknown killer decimated a large part of the population and Bullock, while blindfolded, must sail a treacherous river to bring her and her two children, whom she called Boy and Girl, to a rescue center for survivors.
The film has become a hit, with more than 45 million Netflix subscribers view in the first week of the release last month. It has also become a memem magnet. And perhaps just as inevitable in this age of viral video stunts, it has inspired what the internet is now the & # 39; Bird Box Challenge & # 39; mentions, in which people absorb themselves while performing different tasks while blindfolded.
But some have resorted to reckless stunts reminiscent of the Tide pod challenge & # 39; from last year.
Layton Police Lt. Travis Lyman said the 17-year-old driver pulled her hat before her eyes as part of Monday's challenge, and the gray pickup she was driving crashed into a white SUV. Lyman said the girl was with a 16-year-old male passenger who was not blindfolded. Nobody was injured.
Also this week Jake Paul, the celebrity of YouTube, shouted the craze in a busy 24-hour Bird Box challenge & # 39; blindfolded to walk on a busy street in Los Angeles. The video has since been removed online for violating YouTube's policies that prohibit the promotion of dangerous activities, according to the berm.
"Obviously you will not drive yourself blindfolded or deliberately, but our bigger message is that with all these challenges that seem to be viral, we especially encourage young people to really think about how you're going to do these challengers," Lyman said. "Just do it in a different way – do not do it in a way that will put people at risk."
The stunts have called a similar signal warning from Netflix:
"I can not believe I have to say this, but: PLEASE DO NOT TAKE YOURSELF WITH THIS CHALLENGE OF THE BOTTOM BOX We do not know how this started, and we appreciate love, but Boy and Girl have only one wish for 2019 and it is that you do not end up in a hospital through memes. & # 39;
Police departments throughout the country have joined the choir. Here is one from the Portland Police Department in Maine:
"Do not do it, do not think about it, watch the movie, be glad this is not your reality, but please do not connect yourself to tell me, especially when you're driving." Most of us have a hard time enough to drive safely with an unobstructed view. "
And from Lawrence Police in Kansas:
"We are happy to be able to organize a judge tour for all Lawrence jackwagons participating in the Bird Box Challenge."
The stunt tours were probably inspired by a part of the film in which survivors had to drive to a supermarket to find food. They covered the windows of their vehicle and Tom, the love interest of Bullock's character played by Trevante Rhodes, made the short and bumpy ride simply by looking at the car's GPS.
Others resorted to non-directive stunts and did not make serious warnings.
Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner joined the challenge by trying to hit a baseball while being blindfolded.
Alan Anaya, a high school kicker from Mexico, kicked a ball while he was blindfolded. But in his version of the challenge, a friend – also blindfolded – bent over the ground and held the ball up with the tip of his nose. Anaya takes three steps forward and kicks the ball and misses his friend's face a few centimeters.
In another version of a 24-hour Bird Box challenge, YouTube star Morgan Adams and a friend spent an awkward day blindfolded. Her video has been watched almost 3 million times and remains online. But unlike Jake Paul, Adams did not drive blindfolded in a busy street.
It is unclear whether YouTube has removed similar videos, and if so, how many. YouTube did not respond to a request for comment, but in a statement to the Fast Company publication, a YouTube spokesperson said that the website for streaming video is working to quickly remove flagged video that Encourage dangerous activities.
YouTube was in a similar situation last year when children, in the name of online glory, film themselves in brightly colored laundry bags with liquid detergent.
"You really have a chance – and for what purpose?" Said Alfred Aleguas, managing director of the Florida Poison Information Center in Tampa, at that time. "It's pretty foolish behavior."
Eli Rosenberg and Lindsey Bever contributed to this article.
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