In case you’re not familiar with what is dubbed as “rolling coal,” the term refers to the practice of modifying a diesel engine to increase the amount of fuel entering the engine, resulting in large amounts of black or grey sooty exhaust fumes.
Although the video seems to have been intended to be a ‘funny’ prank, many comments expressed outrage instead.
“Ain’t that like attempted murder?” read one reply referring to the harmful soot that can damage one’s lungs if too much is inhaled.
Another TikTok user wrote, “You can probably get charged for endangering the public. boxing them in with fumes.”
Others expressed concern over the damages to the Whataburger establishment. “Literally if this was done in a parking lot I could care less but in someone’s business nah that’s wrong I’d sue,” one comment said while another read, “If I was the business owner I’d be infuriated.”
Recently, Texas has seen a uprising tick in incidents involving “rolling coal.” After an incident that resulted in a driver crashing into six cyclists earlier this month occured, Elton Mathis, Texas district attorney, wrote on Facebook that rolling coal so that it comes into contact with bystanders is, “at a minimum, assault.”
Currently there are no Texas laws against the practice but Mathis added that, “That simple assault is easily elevated to a jail eligible offense if bodily injury occurs, which can be caused by entry of toxic particles into mouth, nose and eyes.”