As the MTV series Jackass rose to fame in the late 90s, it spawned a new generation of mischief that was documented on video. Before the internet was really a thing, teenagers had to entertain themselves — in some cases, that meant pranking adults, and other unsuspecting victims, like fast food employees, at the expense of a cheap laugh.
Some of us might remember one of the first Jackass-produced skate videos, CKY and CKY2K, which were directed by Bam Margera and featured his clan of misfits engaging in everything from jumping into bushes from moving vehicles to dressing as a football player and taking “a handoff” of someone’s food from the drive-thru window.
While most of the pranks were harmless, it’s nice to look back and see how much we’ve grown — even though we still might get a good laugh. So, in celebration of being young, here’s a list of the funniest drive-thru pranks ever captured on film.
Elmo’s first trip to Taco Bell
Hearing someone imitate any fictional or non fictional character can be a real treat. There’s nothing like a quality impression. What’s even better, however, is when that impression is recorded and you’re in the Taco Bell drive-thru. Thanks for being so polite, Elmo!
That’s some serious shock value
YouTuber Magic of Rahat has some pretty insane pranks on his channel. In this prank, he uses some type of static shocker to trick drive-thru employees to think that they’ve somehow transferred an immense amount of electricity to him, causing him to pass out. The reactions are pretty hilarious.
Taco Bell Folk song order for two
Everyone loves to sing and rap about food. Still, there’s only been a few attempts to rap or freestyle an entire order when you’re actually in the drive-thru. Well the folk singing duo, Rhett & Link, made sure to include a heartfelt jingle about their large order at Taco Bell. The most fascinating part is that the employee taking the order doesn't miss a beat!
Spittin' hot fire at McDonald’s
Shouts out to these kids for breakin it all the way down for this McDonald’s employee who was having a hard time transcribing the actual order from this popular McDonald’s drive-thru freestyle. It’s hard enough to rap, but this group of McDonald’s fans actually were able to rap and keep the beatbox going at three different speeds without messing up once! No mistakes in a drive-thru order? That’s a first for the Golden Arches.
Although we’re not living in a time where you can actually have a robot go get your fast-food order, at least people are clever enough to dress as one and hit the drive-thru. Well-known YouTuber Magic Of Rahat built a pretty intense robot suit that looks like a robot driving the car. Not sure what’s more impressive, the robot or the idea.
Do you have any brains?
The Walking Dead television series has prepared us all for the looming zombie apocalypse. In this prank by Ed Bassmaster, the driver dressed up as a zombie and tried to scare the brains out of a few employees. Even though the zombie apocalypse might not be a real thing, it’s safe to say this prank won’t get old any time soon.
There’s more than one way to grab an ice cream cone.
The Internet has a way of making the most random things a thing. First there was planking, then there was dabbing. But do you guys remember coning? This prank involves ordering one or multiple ice cream cones and grabbing them from the top (where the ice cream is). While this doesn’t do much in terms of the driver, who must deal with hands full of ice cream, at least it’s pretty comedic to see the reaction of the unsuspecting employees.
When employees strike back!
Well, this turned south really quickly for these two fools who failed an attempt to pull-off the oldest drive-thru trick in the book. Known as a “fire in the hole,” this prank consists of a large soda being ordered, paid for, and suddenly hurled back at the employee in unceremonious fashion. Well, these guys got what they asked for, as it was a backfire in the hole!
This brings a new meaning to the phrase, “to-go”
It’s not everyday that you have your fast food order stolen — in the drive-thru. Well, the order and run prank is exactly that. One person, the runner, waits outside the car, then as their car pulls up to the window, the runner quickly intercepts the order by sprinting between the car and the window. Careful, you might not see that coming!