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TV-mask wearing pranksters drop vintage TVs on people's porches

The Red Hot Chili Peppers sang "Throw Away Your Television." But an unknown group of pranksters instead decided to simply re-gift them. 

Residents in the Hampshire neighborhood of Henrico County, Virginia awoke Sunday morning to an unexpected delivery on their doorsteps: vintage TVs. Several doorbell cameras in the neighborhood caught the culprits, who were all wearing TV-shaped masks, in the act.

"He wants to be known as the "TV Santa Claus," I don’t know," Jim Brooksbank told WTVR-TV in Richmond, Virginia. The "TV Santa Claus" gifted him a tube-style, 13-inch TV. "I can’t think of any technology or political point that would be valid here. It’s just a senseless prank."

Lt. Matt Pecka of the Henrico Police said the TVs ended up at "the majority of homes throughout the community." Local law enforcement worked with Solid Waste Divisions to remove over 50 TVs from the neighborhood.

That's a lot of cord cutting, even by 2019 standards.