A Dunkin’ Donuts employee tried TikTok’s viral “explosion prank” trend on his manager – but the prank ended up backfired on himself.
The worker posted his version of the blast prank on TikTok, where it received nearly 400,000 views as of Thursday.
The explosion prank is a trend where social media users use a filter on Instagram or TikTok to simulate an explosion in their videos. Many TikTokers add the visual effect after microwave a tinfoil-wrapped dish or wet an outlet before plugging in. Then they send the video to their unsuspecting mother, grandmother or in this case their manager.
The hashtag #explosionprank has 97.5 million views on TikTok as of Thursday.
In user @lifebyronnoc’s video, the TikToker pretends that a coffee maker isn’t working at Dunkin’. As he unplugs the machine, he adds the explosion filter and pretends the restaurant exploded.
@lifebyronnoc It backfired, we got billed #explosion #prank #dunkin #dunkindonuts ♬ Oh no – Kreepa
The TikToker shares a screenshot of his text messages with his manager, Ravi, showing that he sent the video to Ravi. His manager replies, “On the way.” Later in the video, the TikToker shows several emergency vehicles pulling up in front of Dunkin’s store.
“It backfired, we were billed for it,” reads the video’s caption. The TikToker does not disclose the amount it was charged.
Several viewers joked about the manager’s reaction to the prank, but others noted that taking the situation seriously was a sign of caring for his colleagues.
“Oh at least the manager takes care of the employees,” commented one viewer.
“Bro thought his employees were dead,” wrote a second.
“At least this manager takes care of his workers…or at least his property lol,” said another.
Some viewers defended the manager, saying he had no way of knowing he was being pranked.
“Bruh what did you expect them to think the place blew up?” one user asked.
In response @lifebyronnoc wrote: “We just thought he would show up scared and we could tell him it was a joke he didn’t come flying in with 5 fire engines.”
The Daily Dot reached out to @lifebyronnoc via TikTok comment and Dunkin via email.
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*Initial publication: December 22, 2022 at 7:09 p.m. CST
Cecilia Lenzen is a freelance writer for the Daily Dot.
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