September 23, 2019

Aussie ‘planking’ death puts spotlight on internet craze

Mainstream media have helped fuel the planking craze, but young men pushing the limits will always result in casualties. This is about human nature, not right or wrong.

Police in Brisbane, Australia say a 20 year-old man who plunged to his death from a seventh-floor balcony on Sunday was participating in the internet craze of “planking”.

Planking involves someone lying flat on their stomach in unusual and sometimes dangerous situations, and posting photographs on social media websites like Facebook.

Police say Acton Beale fell from a balcony railing in Brisbane while a friend photographed him.

The craze has gone viral in recent weeks, with one Facebook page boasting 90,000 fans and hundreds of photos of people lying on chimneys, phone booths, escalators, camels, and other unusual objects.

“This morning we have seen a young man take this activity a step further and attempt to plank on a balcony,” said Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Ross Barnett.

“Unfortunately he has tragically fallen to his death.”

Queensland police last week had warned “plankers” of the dangers of the activity, after a man was caught allegedly planking on a police car.

Deputy Commissioner Barnett said the death on Sunday is “what we’ve been fearing”.

“As planking gains popularity, there may be more injuries and potentially further deaths,” he said.

Unfortunately the age of those doing the planking means that possible consequences are not at the top of their checklist before having a go.

Young males are prone to push the boundaries with little regard for safety. Newswarped would prefer they stuck to planking on objects close to the ground and just photoshop themselves into dangerous places.


  1. Peter Keelback says

    This is just stunt to raise ratings. How difficult was that? This is stupid.