A TikTok user has been facing backlash on social media for his latest prank where he spilt a crate full of milk and cereal on a New York City subway compartment. The person left the site after the incident without even cleaning the mess he created.
The video, tweeted by New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA), shows TikTok user Josh Popkin, known as @fckjoshy on the app, dropping the tub, thus spilling milk and cereal in the compartment and on passengers.
MTA said that essential workers have to clean up the compartment at the time of the COVID-19 pandemic.
"A new low: Pulling a prank on essential workers in the middle of a global pandemic. And making essential workers clean up your mess. Despicable," read the post.
A new low: Pulling a prank on essential workers in the middle of a global pandemic. And making essential workers clean up your mess. Despicable. https://t.co/hMu8g5cJY9— MTA. Stay Home. Stop the Spread. (@MTA) May 13, 2020
Popkin has over 3 million followers on TikTok. After facing the wrath, he has deleted the video from the social media platform where he called the act a prank.
According to NBC News, the now-deleted video had garnered 3.2 million views.
A number of people reacted to the video with many demanding the arrest of Popkin. Here's what they wrote:
Get him and arrest him. Get in contact with @tiktok_us and get his account suspended for life. It’s time for y’all to stop being soft & go after people who mess with the people & the trains.— C-GLOW (@KingCam79) May 14, 2020
@NYCMayorsOffice can someone look into this and make an arrest??? Failure to social distance ???— Ho Ki - Cookie (@cookie_hm) May 13, 2020
Essential workers and first responders should not have to deal with this on their way to work. He did this on the 4 train in the south bronx which has been hit hardest in covid-19 cases and deaths. The lack of empathy and remorse is deafening from this man child.— Caroline (@carolinek119) May 14, 2020
Can he be banned from the mta— bromatica (@smbaspridee) May 13, 2020
Popkin posted apologized on his TikTok, Instagram and YouTube accounts. He called himself an "idiot" and said he really messed up. "I would like to apologise to the MTA, the essential workers, everyone I have affected," he said in the YouTube video.
A number of users on social media suggested that Popkin be arrested, kicked off from TikTok or banned from the MTA.
Some even said he needed to clean the trains as punishment. New York Police Department (NYPD) is looking into the matter, CNN report quoting an NYPD spokeswoman.