The new trend, known as ‘beaning’, can involve covering beans over doorhandles and driveways. Children have been uploading videos to TikTok with the hashtag “#beanbandits.” Police officers in West Yorkshire are asking shop workers to keep an eye out for youths buying large amounts of beans.
They have also asked parents to be aware of children taking cans from the kitchen.
In a statement Morley Police Community Support Officer Michelle Owens said: “It has come to the attention of the police 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.”
She continued: “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.”
Surrey Police reported in August of incidents involving beans in the village of Wonersh.
A Surrey Police spokesperson said: “Local officers have received reports of incidents in Wonersh where beans and other food has been poured onto residents’ front doors and cars overnight.
“The victims are understandably distressed by this unacceptable behaviour.”
This TikTok trend follows from the Milk Crate Challenge on TikTok which involves people climbing a pyramid of milk crates without falling.
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“They’re putting their joints at an even higher risk for injury,” he added.