Prank went wrong!
As the coronavirus outbreak sparks concerns globally, a prankster has come under fire for imitating the symptoms of the virus as a joke while traveling on a metro and causing a public panic.
A young Russian man, Karomatullo Dzhaborov, decided to play a dangerous prank on the Moscow subway system back in February 2020, during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic. He filmed himself falling to the ground of a subway car, pretending to have a seizure, while his accomplices, Stanislav Melikhov and Artur Isachenko, filmed the panicked reactions of the other passengers.
As news of the virus was still new and terrifying to people around the world, the prank quickly went wrong. Passengers on the train were caught off guard, unsure of what was happening as Dzhaborov appeared to suffer from a seizure. When they thought it was due to the virus, panic ensued and people tried to flee the train car.
As a result of this prank, Dzhaborov was sentenced to two years and four months in a Russian penal colony for staging the coronavirus scare. His accomplices were also punished, receiving a two-year suspended sentence.
Dzhaborov’s lawyer, Aleksey Popov, claimed that his client was simply trying to raise awareness of COVID-19 with his prank, but it seemed that he was just seeking attention for himself at a time when the world was already terrified.
Despite Popov’s claims, many people were horrified to hear about the details of this Russian prank. They felt that he deserved the prison term for his video stunt and that his need for attention overrode his intelligence.
With one person wrote, “Not funny at all.”
“The need for attention overrode his minuscule intelligence.”
“Pranksters, take note. It is not funny, and there are consequences.”
“All for the sake of likes. Unbelievable.”
“Two years in a penal colony. Why don’t we have places like that? Somewhere to send people who are a nuisance to wipe the smirk off their faces.”
The video was originally posted on a prank website on February 2, 2020, but was quickly deleted after receiving a negative response from the public. Although it is unclear where in Moscow the video was filmed, Dzhaborov was arrested the following day on suspicion of criminal hooliganism.
The maximum penalty for this charge is five years in jail and a hefty fine. However, Dzhaborov turned himself into the police after learning that a warrant had been issued for his arrest, and his lawyer claims that he never expected the incident to become as intense as it did.
This story serves as a cautionary tale about the dangers of playing pranks that could cause harm to others, especially during times of crisis.
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Sources: AWM, Nytimes, Readingeagle