Get BlazeTV

The Viral Internet Prank Involving Cars That Could Cost You Thousands

“A group of young idiots, just out for laughs, to get themselves internet cred[ibility]."

Image source: KPRC-TV

A viral internet sensation spurred by the affection of a rap musician is costing drivers a lot of money.

A quick YouTube search of "Put 'em in a coffin'" turns up dozens of videos where cars and other property are damaged all at the expense of a few moments of social media fame. It's a game where participants, mostly teenagers, jump onto the hood of a car landing on their backs just after saying the name of the game: "Put 'em in a coffin.'"

"A group of young idiots, just out for laughs, to get themselves internet cred[ibility]," James McHugh told KPRC-TV. "They'll go out and film themselves jumping onto cars."

The Houston resident and BMW owner is just the latest victim in a nationwide crime spree. McHugh said surveillance video captured about seven people, appearing to be in their teens, approaching his vehicle Friday night. The result? A whopping $4,000 in damage

"They get their buddies, jump on some cars and take a couple of grand out of my pocket," McHugh said.

But this isn't just happening in one neighborhood in Texas. It's been occurring all around the country since last year when a rap musician Delvon Irving, or VonMar, began the viral trend.

Delvon Irving (Image source: Cook County Sheriff)

Irving was arrested January 8 in Chicago on charges of retail theft and damage to property. But that wasn't until after his online videos had attracted nearly 5 million viewers, fueling the cross-country sensation. Irving is being held on $250,000 bond.

Meanwhile, police in Houston are on the hunt for the seven people allegedly responsible for McHugh's costly repairs.


Follow Jon Street (@JonStreet) on Twitter

One last thing…
Watch TheBlaze live and on demand on any device, anywhere, anytime.
try premium
Exclusive video
All Videos
Watch BlazeTV on your favorite device, anytime, anywhere.
Subscribe Now
Daily News Highlights

Get the news that matters most delivered directly to your inbox.