Urban Kittles? I just read an article about a teenage prank that originated in England, and like the pilgrims and the puritans has migrated to the “new world”. Now even though I have not been a teenager in a couple of years I do not think that I am a prude, atleast not yet. However, this prank seems quite foolish and potentially dangerous.
When I was a kid we used to play ding-dong-ditch, where you would ring your neighbor’s door bell and run. We often targeted our older neighbors for a number of reasons. First, they would normally be home during the summer days (presumably retired) while all of our parents were at work. In addition, they would often be more frustrated because the chore of answering the door was a significantly greater hassle for them. We further chose our older neighbors because they were not as likely to attempt to pursue us, and if they did attempt to pursue us we believed we could easily evade capture. So on many summer days I played this prank along with many of the other neighborhoods kids. I know looking back now (hindsight is 20/20) this was not a nice thing to do and today I would probably be charged with some form of elder abuse. However, the summers were long and we had to occupy ourselves somehow!
Now for the urban skittles prank. In this prank several teenager go into a store or restaurant and begin to scream that it is a robbery and for everyone to get down. The key is to see how many people actually get down. The group of kids count out the amount of people that actually get down and then they run off laughing. This is a far cry from ding-dong-ditch, and I hope they don’t start doing this in Texas, Arizona or even Florida. I can see an over zealous Good Samaritan shooting one of these kids before they realize it was all just a joke. Why can’t kids just ring door bells and run away anymore???