London Fire Brigade issues warning over the latest TikTok trend
Forgive me for sounding like a complete millennial here, but that TikTok has a lot to answer for eh?
You probably saw the viral photo above of the teenage girl stuck in a baby swing in a playground in Ruislip, west London this week — I'm claustrophobic just thinking about it.
The teen had to be rescued by a team of fire fighters, who dismantled the child's swing to set her free.
Her reason for being in the swing in the first place? A TikTok trend... Give me strength.
In their quest for #TikTok fame #London teenagers have been forcing themselves into toddlers’ swings and getting stuck - ending in a call out to firefighters to rescue them. Please think twice so you don't divert our crews from more serious incidentshttps://t.co/Lr96LsgMT3 pic.twitter.com/ezRCMg1pLm
— London Fire Brigade (@LondonFire) May 11, 2021
If my tone here sounds less than sympathetic, it's probably because that's exactly how I feel.
We were all kids once and got up to all sorts of messing, but wasting emergency services' time for a TikTok video just won't wash with me.
And that's not even touching on the risk of personal injury and the destruction of public property.
Yes, I realise I've gone full Mr. Heckles at this point.
(A Friends reference — peak millennial.)
London Fire Brigade have reportedly attended 21 instances of teenagers getting stuck in swings, all linked to the social media trend.
As a result, they've had to issue a warning asking people not to partake in the trend.
Yep, they had to ask people not to insert themselves into things that are clearly too small for them.
I think I speak for us all when I say, can you just not?