An innocent trip to a pumpkin patch at the Sweet Berry Farm in Middletown, Rode Island, turned into a scary experience for some folks.
Some unidentified pranksters dressed one of their cohorts up in a pumpkin killer costume and hid him in the patch as they filmed (video below).
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The pranksters wrote on YouTube:
We were going for over the top scary, but it turned into cute very fast. Parents were noticing what we were doing so they came over and set their children up to be scared. It turned out to be a pretty fun day.
While the video has gone viral with over 300,000 views, what does the law say about scaring people without their consent?
Constitutional lawyer Jonathan Turley addressed the prank on his blog, "[O]ne has to wonder about the danger of injuries to people with weak hearts (discussed in another posting today) or resulting injuries from fright... It is always a difficult line to draw when dealing with people who really do not consent in advance as do people in the new trend of adult haunted houses."