What the plank?
WHEN a 20-year-old Gladstone man played a ‘planking prank' on a police car on Tuesday night in Gladstone, he didn't expect it to make state news.
But this new craze, known as planking, has caught on throughout the Central Queensland region.
Planking involves a person lying flat on their stomach in different environments while another person takes photos, which are then shared among fellow “plankers” via internet sites, including Facebook.
Police charged the Gladstone man with being on a police establishment with no lawful excuse.
Aaron Monaghan, who is an active member of Facebook page Planking Gladstone and a good friend of the 20-year-old who was charged, yesterday told The Morning Bulletin the incident had been blown out of proportion.
“There were only a few that started it (planking), but it has grown from there, but recently we've had an influx of plankers, more and more people are doing it,” Aaron said.
Aaron said there was a misconception that planking was just an immature joke and the “feat” could be quite difficult.
“It is really enjoyable and a great laugh, and you feel like a kid again having fun,” he said.
“But people don't realise the physical strain it puts on your body and your level of balance; it's quite challenging.”
Aaron said most people in their group were all responsible and aware of the risks.
“Most of us who do it are in the trades industry and we're trained in safety so we know not to be stupid with it,” he said.
Aaron said the group was planning to make a documentary on their planking adventures to show people what it was all about.
But police are concerned about the dangers of the activity and say it could lead to injury or criminal charges if taken too far.