TikTok has banned an ‘idiot’ prankster who shares ‘dangerous’ clips of himself wrestling with McDonald’s staff, riding on the roof of a fire truck and throwing wooden brooms off the top of a skyscraper.
Known by the username Out Of Society, the North Yorkshire TikToker earned over 90,000 followers and millions of ‘likes’ by filming himself committing shockingly dangerous acts – including one that saw three pranksters arrested.
In a video posted on April 23, the TikTok user grabs a broom from a McDonald’s employee, runs into the kitchen, and dips the brush head into a deep fryer.
The prankster appears to change his voice as he speaks on the videos and poses wearing a balaclava to hide his identity when he posts on Instagram.
But despite the dangerous nature of the content, Out of Society’s TikTok videos have successfully garnered more than 10 million views and 1.6 million likes since December 2022 before being banned from the social media platform.
TikTok confirmed that it had deleted the prankster’s account for “violating” social media platform guidelines.
The TikTok account gained 90,000 followers before being banned by the video platform
The prankster changes his voice and wears a balaclava in pictures while posing on Instagram
A video then shows another McDonald’s employee running up to the prankster and trying to grab the oil-soaked broom from his hands, before the TikToker throws it aside and runs out of the store – pushing past the staff on the way.
In another bizarre clip, Out of Society’s broom motif is repeated, while a video shows him standing on top of a skyscraper, throwing two over the edge to plummet hundreds of feet to the ground.
A third video posted in late March sees the imposter riding on the roof of a fire engine in Scarborough, North Yorkshire. When employees ask him to go down, he simply replies ‘no, shut up’.
Yorkshire Police have since confirmed they have arrested three men in their 20s on suspicion of public decency as a result of the fire truck incident and have subsequently been released on bail.
Meanwhile, users of the social media platform Out of Society dubbed TikToker their “new favorite,” with one saying they “love this guy,” while another begged him to respond to their posts calling him a “legend.” .
The TikToker took a broom from a McDonald’s employee before storming into the kitchen
A McDonald’s employee tried to grab the brush from the prankster’s hands
Still, others criticized TikTok for allowing the videos on the platform and letting the user become an “influencer” in the first place.
A TikTok user asked, “As a society, can we form this unspoken rule that if there’s one of these ‘influencers’ terrorizing working people, we can throw their phones in the trash?”
A TikTok spokesperson said: “We’ve removed this account for violating our Community Guidelines, which make it clear that we prohibit content that depicts dangerous or illegal acts.
“We have more than 40,000 talented security professionals, dedicated to enforcing our guidelines, who identify, review and remove content or accounts that violate these guidelines.”
In Q4 2022, TikTok claimed to have identified and removed 96% of content that violated their Community Guidelines before being reported, 91% within 24 hours, and 85% before anyone viewed the content.
The account, which also included videos of a man walking through stores and amusement parks after hours, was only removed after TikTok was approached by reporters.
The platform says in its community guidelines that it will not “accept content that depicts dangerous acts that could lead to serious harm.”
However, TikTok said they are open about the fact that they will not catch every instance of infringing content, which is why they continue to invest heavily in their “Trust and Safety” operations.
The impostor was filmed riding atop a fire truck in Scarborough, North Yorkshire
Police arrested three men in their 20s in connection with the North Yorkshire fire engine video
In a statement, the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service asked parents of children who “viewed this footage” to “talk to them about how dangerous this behavior is.”
“Had we received an emergency call, we could have written a very different statement this morning,” the North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service said.
The statement explains that the fire engine was ‘passing through Scarborough at around 7:30pm’ when the prankster ‘climbed on top’.
“This was unauthorized and as soon as he was spotted, the device was brought to a safe halt. Our crew checked for injuries before raising concerns about the dangerous behavior.”
“The man, who was accompanied on foot by two others, became verbally aggressive and abusive towards our crew.”
“It is completely unacceptable to treat our staff in this manner and this matter has been reported to North Yorkshire Police,” the statement said.
A spokesperson for McDonald’s said: “This incident was totally unacceptable and it is disappointing to see a customer behave in such an irresponsible manner.
North Yorkshire Police said: ‘You may have seen a video on TikTok showing a man on top of a fire engine in Scarborough.
“We can now confirm that three men in their 20s have been arrested in connection with this.
They were arrested on suspicion of violating public morals and public order and have been released on bail.
“The video was recorded around 7.30pm last night and as soon as the man was spotted by firefighters the device was brought to a safe stop.
Three men then became verbally aggressive and abusive towards the firefighters before leaving the scene.
“We have already spoken to several witnesses, but if anyone else has any information that may assist our investigation, please contact us quoting reference 12230055973.
‘Information can also be passed on anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.’
Out Of Society has been contacted for comment.