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Idiot U R: YouTube prankster shot while harassing man, will continue to make prank videos

By Lee Cleveland, FightSaga - April 9, 2023

Have you ever noticed some folks doing outlandish things in their YouTube videos? If so, do you know why?

Money.

The more clicks your video has the more ads you show. And with more ads comes more revenue.




Enter 21-year-old Tanner Cook.

He’s a YouTube prankster who torments minimum wage workers at fast food restaurants, pranks Uber drivers, and randomly annoys people in stores. He’s even harassed cops.

Well, guess what?

Recently, he was injured by a gunshot to the abdomen at a Dulles Virginia mall because an individual there with a semi-automatic pistol could no longer handle his most recent misadventure.

But wait, there’s more…. Tanner also told WUSA that he actually plans to resume his mischief after recovering.




“I was playing a prank, a simple practical joke, and this guy didn’t take it very well and shot me,” Cook told WUSA.

“So what happened was he got offended and decided to shoot my son because he was offended at what my son was doing,” Cook’s father told Insider.

“And so, I just think there’s a greater issue here with too many people being offended, rightly or wrongly, and then going out of control,” he said. 

The father reported receiving multiple hateful messages from people who thought his son was justified in being shot and said he was surprised and dismayed at the uproar and lack of care for his son’s life.

“It’s just nasty and terrible,” he said. “I just don’t understand how people can think that, in the world we live in, if you’re offended, gives you a right to go do things — up to killing somebody if you’re offended.” 

“Even though this guy tried killing my son, I forgive him. I’m not offended because I serve a God — the God of the Bible, Jesus, and he instructs me how to live, and that’s to not live in offense because these are the kind of things that can happen if you’re consumed with anger and offense,” he said. 

Unbelievable. Simply unbelievable.




Nobody deserves to get shot, but if you are deliberately provoking people in public, then it is time to reevaluate your life choices. Unfortunately, some people have had to learn this the hard way.

Cook should consider himself lucky he wasn’t killed.

The danger of young people trying to gain online popularity and revenue through pranks is an increasing trend these days.

Recently, a 19-year-old YouTuber was prosecuted for making “terroristic threats” when a knife prank didn’t end as expected at an airport. But that YouTuber, infamous for exploiting the suffering of other people and profiting off of it, had a lawsuit filed against him in 2020 after a stunt involving an excavator put the latter’s life in peril.

Profiting by deliberately tormenting strangers is unacceptable. And not only is it morally wrong, but it also goes against the core principles of fairness and justice we should uphold.






All in all, it’s best for us to phase out prank culture on the web. While no one should resort to physical violence, we can end this era quickly by enforcing stricter punishment for convicted pranksters.

That being stated, we hope the idiot has a speedy recovery.

Incidentally, the shooter is being charged with aggravated malicious wounding, shooting in the commission of a felony, and discharging firearms within an occupied building. 

And yes, we’re falling right into the prankster’s trap by embedding the below video. However, it might be helpful to folks who don’t understand the nature of what they do.

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