California Teen Arrested for Hot Spinach Prank
A 17-year-old California teen was arrested on Wednesday after he allegedly threw hot creamed spinach at a restaurant worker, inflicting second-degree burns on the victim's face and neck, says The Sacramento Bee.
The boy reportedly ordered a serving of the side dish from a Boston Market drive-through worker in Roseville, Calif., but then threw it right back at him through the window. The assault was likely an attempt at re-enacting a popular prank called "fire in the hole," which involves throwing drinks at drive-through workers while filming their reactions.
The 21-year-old restaurant worker suffered severe burns on his face and neck from the spinach, which is usually cooked at 180 degrees. The teen was charged with suspicion of committing battery causing great bodily harm, but was later released into his parents' custody.
This isn't the first time a prank has gone too far. In May, a New Jersey teen defecated into another student's soda. He was given probation and 200 hours of community service, and was also ordered to write a 1,000-word essay on the consequences of his actions.
Earlier this year, a group of Texas JV cheerleaders laced a teammate's soda with urine. Criminal charges were not filed, but the prankers received in-school suspension. However, in October, a 17-year-old Atlanta teen lost his life when he was shot dead on Halloween for egging a man's car.
As of December 9, nearly 65 percent of JSYK readers said that they think pranks are fun, but not worth doing. What do you think of this spinach incident? Does the California teen deserve a severe punishment? Or should he just get a slap on the wrist since he didn't really mean to hurt the drive-through worker? Let us know your thoughts in the comments. %Poll-55373%