The Dumbest Mannequin Challenge Ever Just Landed These Gun-Toting Guys in Jail

Don’t go viral if you’re on parole…

As viral video challenges go, the Mannequin Challenge has been pretty fun. After all, it’s just a group of people frozen in place as the camera roams among them. 

Simple, but the effect is reliably weird and interesting. It’s good clean, fun, too—or at least it was until the Alabama residents in the Challenge video above pulled out their guns and froze themselves in time. 

Huntsville TV station WHNT reported Tuesday that several law enforcement agencies—including the ATF—had begun making arrests based on the video after about a month’s worth of investigation. The reasoning seems pretty straightforward:

The investigation started after the video surfaced. “You have a lot of people with firearms at one address,” says [Huntsville police Capt. Mike] Salomonsky. “And you have to ask yourself the question, ‘Why?’ and the second question you have to ask yourself: is it a public safety issue?”  

The authorities arrested Kenneth White, 49, and Terry Brown, age 23, and hit them with several charges, including marijuana possession as well as having firearms when they’re not permitted to do so. They expect to make more arrests as well.

“There are several persons in the video who may be convicted felons,” Salomonsky told the TV station, “So, we’re going to try to do some identification,” he continued, “work with the ATF and see if we can generate any charges out of that.”

The lesson is hey, make all the funky Mannequin Challenges you want, but be sure they don’t include probable cause. 

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To see how good the Mannequin Challenge can get without a single gun involved, watch NFL cheerleaders, Victoria’s Secret models, and strippers from Sapphire in Vegas show how it’s done.

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