Virginia drivers fall victim to costly ‘put’em in a coffin’ prank

Posted at 8:49 AM, Jan 21, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-21 08:49:04-05

CHESAPEAKE, Va. -- "Put'em in a coffin" is the name of a social media video prank. It's called "Put'em in a coffin" because kids jump back-first onto the hood of a car, with their arms crossed, like a corpse.

Now two people in Hampton Roads have come forward and said they fell victim to the prank.

"I don't even think he looked. He just went like this and jumped on it!" Doug Luke told "I thought it was going to leave a dent, but it just kind of popped back into place." Luke said it happened to him while he and his wife sat in their parked SUV in Norview.


"I was just kind of watching in disbelief and like, okay, I guess it's better than the knock-out game! But still, just very destructive and dumb," he said.

The damage, he said could have cost him thousands.

After NewsChannel 3 shared Doug's story, Nancy Peterson and her husband said they too fell victim to the prank.


"I'm just glad we are okay because we thought something fell out of the sky," Peterson said. Peterson's car, a 1993 Ford Escort now has a large dent. She said she would not repair her car because it would cost too much money.

"We didn't even get out of the car," she said. "We was in shock."

Peterson said she fell victim to the prank while she waited at a red light at Holland and Lynnhaven.