ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It’s like the well-known prank show called “Jackass” but it’s being shot here in Albuquerque. There are videos that have some wondering how the people behind it haven’t been punched out.
The new group has pranked people in a series of videos including one showing a man fake spray painting cars in downtown Albuquerque. One of those car owners actually ended up choking the prankster.
The videos show some very real reactions from the people being pranked.
“You’re lucky I don’t f**king beat the s**t out of you,” said one of the people pranked in a video showing fake car spray painting.
But the response coming from the subject of the video is much lighter.
“I know you’re pissed right now, it’s just a prank, it’s just air man,” says the prankster in the video.
The group behind the pranks is called “Elloel TV.” Their videos have popped up on YouTube over the past few months, taking place in Nob Hill, the University area, also downtown Albuquerque.
KRQE News 13 showed the videos to several people on Thursday.
“I mean obviously I think it’s kind of funny,” said Samantha Toquinto from Albuquerque.
“Quite frankly, I got a chuckle out of it!” said Kirk Clark, owner of the Nob Hill business called “Chocolate Dude.”
While some think it’s funny, they’re also cautious about what the group might get themselves into.
“Some people just take it too seriously to where they would just you know not like it at all,” said Toquinto.
“I think its good fun, it’s you know as long as nobody gets hurt,” said Clark.
But the “getting hurt” part is something that the group could very well run into, by their own admission.
“We’re just trying to get people’s reactions, I was really hoping you were going to deck me,” said the prankster in a video where he’s fake spray painting with a can of air duster.
Albuquerque Police say the group isn’t on their radar, but say prank videos are a national trend. While the department says it’s not trying to stop it, they’re warning people to be careful.
“I mean especially here in Albuquerque, it’s not unheard of for minor altercations to escalate very rapidly and we don’t want that to happen,” said Officer Tanner Tixier, a spokesman for Albuquerque Police.
KRQE News 13 tried to contact the group Thursday through Twitter but didn’t hear back.
Another one of the group’s videos shows the prankster nearly getting into several fights after asking people through a play on words to use a whistle in his pocket. Some of the other stuff the pranksters have done includes spending six minutes in a fast food drive through while constantly changing their orders, only to cancel it in the end.