Ticketing police officers for their minor infractions is one of those TikTok trends that has the potential to go really, really, poorly.
But when it goes well—though not necessarily as planned as you'll see later—people tend to love the encounters.
TikTok user @devonwilldoit posted video showing his perspective during his attempt to ticket an officer.
In the clip, we see Devon walk up to an officer's vehicle and knock on it to hand the officer a handwritten parking ticket. The officer's cruiser is parked across the sidewalk, an offense dubbed "Janky Parking" by Devon.
As the officer rolls down his window, Devon launches into his speech:
"Evening Officer, do you know why I stopped you today? Illegal parking. Citizens arrest. Oh how the turn tables have turned!"
The officer takes the "ticket" from Devon, scans it and responds by playfully roasting Devon into oblivion.
He sighs "Oh... this is a disaster" and begins pointing out the spelling errors.
Devon excuses them as a product of his dyslexia.
The officer continues, pointing out Devon has written the fee incorrectly—placing the dollar sign after the numbers rather than before. At this point, he pulls a pen from his pocket as if to start making corrections on the ticket and asks who Devon's English teacher is.
Devon gives up his teachers name and the officer dryly, but playfully, responds:
"I'm gonna go pay her a visit."
Devon laughs "goddamnit!" before ending the video.
The clip has wracked up an impressive number of views and has people in the comments cracking up.
Most people found the brief interaction cute and funny, pointing out this is likely a school resource officer who has a friendly relationship with these kids.
They saw a wholesome moment.
As views, interactions, and laughs flooded in, several commenters mentioned this was a prank they would like to try.
That set off red flags for some folks.
People pointed out this prank isn't something everyone could get away with.
Watching this video, are we seeing a wholesome interaction or a potentially-dangerous trend that could go very wrong for someone?
Make smart decisions, folks.
Stay safe out there.