A video of a driver who appears to have only had $20 to cover damages after someone hit his car has gone viral on TikTok.
The video was posted on August 16 by @trent_of_all_trades, who is a TikTok user based in Cedar City, Utah, according to his TikTok profile. The music video received 10.6 million views.
A caption shared with the post reads: “Someone hit my car in the parking lot and left me a nice note to let me know…”
The images show what appears to be a parking lot. As the camera approaches the car, a voice in the clip says, “I just left Walmart, put my groceries in the Jeep, put my cart back in, got in and started leaving and noticed there was a note on my window.”
The note says: “I hit your Jeep and I’m sorry. I don’t have any insurance, but here’s $20.” The note is visible on a $20 bill placed under a windshield wiper. » Pictures later show a huge dent and scratches going back and forth from the bottom of the front passenger door.
As strange as it may seem to only receive $20 for such a hit, the scene was actually a joke, according to the caption shared with the post. He explains: “j/k (joke), a drunk driver hit me and I’m making lemonade out of the lemons of life to try to make people laugh.”
The latest message comes as an estimated 13,384 people died from alcohol-impaired driving in the United States in 2021, an increase of 14% from 2020, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the United States Department of Transportation. “These deaths were all preventable,” NHTSA said.
“Every day in the United States, approximately 37 people die in drunk driving crashes, or one person every 39 minutes,” according to the NHTSA.
In a later comment, the clip’s poster explained that a “drunk driver ran a stop sign and hit me. I was having fun with this until the insurance company took it away. It’s total.”
Damage to the car totaled $16,776, according to the poster. The car’s owner said, “Three airbags deployed” and “the cop let me take it home.” The value of the blue book is approximately $9,000 and the damage is $16,700.”
Several TikTok users were amused by the joke, although some initially believed the story to be true.
User zachsqautch said: “Apparently no one read the entire caption.”
Jo wrote: “I read the first sentence and that’s it.”
Cecilio Rivera Monso noted, “I just read the whole caption hahahahaha.”
User timthetoolman wrote of the damage “it’s just a scratch…” and Billythekid999 noted “it will fade.”
John Serrano said, “Yeah, $20 sounds about right to me,” while Dog Person said, “Maybe just $21 will do it!” »
News week contacted the original poster for comment via TikTok. The video has not been independently verified.
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