Retailers have been urged by the police to stop selling baked beans to youths because of a new TikTok trend.
Multiple videos have been posted on social media, showing youths throwing baked beans onto driveways, doorsteps and on top of cars.
Police in a number of regions across the UK have issued statements urging local shop workers to be aware of youths buying large quantities of cans of beans.
In a statement PCSO Michelle Owens from Morley in West Yorkshire said: “It has come to the attention that a new trend has started by groups of youths called “beaning”.
“This involves youths throwing the contents of a can of beans over properties, very similar to the trend of throwing eggs at properties. If you work in a shop, please can you be aware of youths buying large quantities of cans of beans, if you have children living at home, please be mindful if you see them removing cans of beans from the family home.”
However, stores pushed back on the suggestion that it’s their responsibility to can sales of the breakfast product to youngsters.
Samantha Coldbeck of Wharfedale Premier Convenience, North Humberside said: “I think it is a difficult one, we have a lot of children who come into our store to buy on behalf of their parents. So, I do not think we will be refusing sales.
“Instead of it being our job to stop this happening, I think it is more of a parental issue in which they should be stopping their kids from doing this. But, If I do catch someone doing this I will probably give them a stern telling off.”