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May 4, 2013 by Dan Grose
If you’re the type of person that likes to wander aimlessly down the street whilst texting, oblivious to everything but the banal ramblings of your “BFF” and causing passers-by to awkwardly swerve out of your way because you’re too ignorant to notice them, then listen up: a group in New York has the answer to your self-inflicted problems.
Calling themselves a Department for Transportation pilot program, a selection of industrious people have taken to the streets offering to lead those consumed by texting on a safe passage down the road. By attaching a rope to the texter and wearing a hi-vis jacket, the kindhearted strangers can protect their passengers from accidents born from their own ignorance.
Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? That’s because it is, and the clever scheme is actually a tongue-in-cheek skit designed to lure gullible texters into their crackpot comedy. The brainchild of self-dubbed “prank collective” Improv Everywhere, it uses actors on both sides to tempt passers-by into joining in the text-based shenanigans.
Unsurprisingly, a large number of people fell for the ruse and roped in a bib-wearer to escort them down the street. Pleasingly though, some also saw the hilarity of the obvious joke and laughed at the surreal concept. You can watch a video of various reactions below:
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