Tampa stores plagued by “kids in chicken suits” making videos

The mix of YouTube, cheap video equipment and creative kids indulging in street theater is taking a toll on stores in Tampa.

Bored or rebellious – and with way too much time on their hands – young people are arming themselves with video cameras and cell phone cameras and creating all sorts of mayhem at stores. Then they post their exploits on the video-sharing Web site YouTube or social networking sites such as MySpace.

I love that they are “arming themselves.” Because “equipping” just wouldn’t have had the needed sensationalist ring to it, I guess. And what kind of havoc are these darn kids these days wreaking?

Thrill-seekers venturing into Publix stores wearing a chicken suit, gingerbread man suit and banana suit. At one point, the banana prankster breaks into a mock cry when seeing the bananas in the produce section.

But WAIT! Do not be deceived by the surreal and creative nature of this one video! Some of them are causing REAL PROBLEMS!!!

Most of the videos appear to be harmless, but one isn’t: teenage girls enter what appears to be a Publix and take videos of large-bottomed women. Once again, the theme song is "Baby Got Back."

Sadly the reporter never does explain exactly what harm is actually being inflicted.

I would actually pay extra for my produce if the store could guarantee me something as creative as the above every time I shopped.

BTW, is this the first interesting thing ever to happen in Tampa? 

Via The Obscure Store & Reading Room