A teenager dared to jump into a puddle — seems harmless enough — was dunked in icy water after it turned out to be a giant hole.
The puddle jumper named Lakeem in the video is wearing a bright white pair of shoes, but they aren’t the only thing that get drenched in the dirty water. He is submerged over his head.
His friends filming the $1 dare laugh hysterically — so much so, at one point the man filming is on the pavement — as Lakeem quickly removes himself from the water and another steps in to help him out.
Watch this WPIX report with footage of the dare:
According to the original video, which has more than 1.5 million views since being posted to YouTube Saturday, the dare was conducted in the parking lot of a Family Dollar store. Those looking on swear they didn’t know the puddle was actually a deep, water-filled hole.
Watch the original video (Content Warning: Strong language):
Moral of the story is it’s pot hole season. As you can see in the surrounding environment in the video, there are still mounds of snow hanging around. Freeze-thaws throughout the winter season could have created gaping pot holes — puddle jumpers be warned.
Update: Some have brought to our attention that, like many videos posted on YouTube these days, there is the potential it is fake. We investigated further and found more information. ABC News 57 in South Bend, Ind., identified the teen further as from nearby Elkhart and had more about the hole. Lakeem Cook said he, like his friends, thought the puddle was only about ankle deep.
It turns out this wasn’t just a giant pot hole as we originally speculate. City of Elkhart Utility Engineer Tory Irwin is reported as saying it was actually an empty dry well, which collects water and “allows it to infiltrate into the ground.”
For now, the hole is marked and covered. The landlord of the property is having it repaired by a crew next week.
(H/T: Daily Mail)