Video pranksters drench smokers in public to promote World No Tobacco Day

The prankster pouring a bucket of ice water over a man. -- PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM YOUTUBE
The prankster pouring a bucket of ice water over a man. -- PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM YOUTUBE
The prankster kicking a man into the swimming pool. -- PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM YOUTUBE
The prankster kicking a man into the swimming pool. -- PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM YOUTUBE
The prankster splashing water from a bottle on a man. -- PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM YOUTUBE
The prankster splashing water from a bottle on a man. -- PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM YOUTUBE
A prankster from MerlionTV splashing water from a bottle on a woman who was smoking in public. -- PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM YOUTUBE
A prankster from MerlionTV splashing water from a bottle on a woman who was smoking in public. -- PHOTO: SCREENGRAB FROM YOUTUBE

SINGAPORE - Notorious pranksters MerlionTV are at it again - their latest video shows one member drenching unsuspecting people who were smoking in public.

Done purportedly to promote World No Tobacco Day, which falls on May 31, the four-minute video titled "#StopThePuff PRANK! - World No Tobacco Day" was uploaded on YouTube on May 3.

It has since garnered more than 16,000 views.

The video starts off with a man, who introduces himself as "Sebas" from MerlionTV, explaining the purpose of the prank. It is followed by him committing several pranks targeted at what appeared to be members of the public smoking in the open.

The faces of the victims were blurred to hide their identities. The four pranks included a man and a woman being splashed in the face with a bottle containing water, a man being kicked into a swimming pool and another man having a bucket containing ice water poured over his head.

Comments on Youtube ranged from supportive messages to those who criticised their actions. "This is not funny and it's very mean," said user Louis Kuan.

MerlionTV was in the news earlier this year when they posted a controversial two-minute video of them posing as plainclothes officers to terrorise illegal cigarette peddlers in Geylang, which sparked a police investigation.

Another questionable video prank by the group featured a masked, knife-wielding man scaring passers-by.

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