Virginia college student Rahat Hossain had a bright idea. Why not create a car-seat costume, don it and wear it to the drive-thru windows at various fast food restaurants so it looks as though there's no driver in the car?
Hossain carried out his plan, then filmed the workers' reactions, which ranged from shocked to scared and mystified. The video, posted Tuesday on YouTube, had already racked up more than 1 million views as of Wednesday night.
In the video, a female worker opens the drive-thru window with a cheery "Hello," but, brought up short by the empty driver's seat, adds: "What the heck is going on?"
Others are genuinely perplexed. "Am I tripping, son?" another works asks herself upon seeing the empty car.
A third employee appears so confused that he repeatedly opens and closes the drive-thru window to look at the car, all while holding the bag with Hossain's order.
Hossain, 24, of Newport News, Va., said he made the car seat costume in about 12 hours. The costume covers him totally and matches the color of his own car seats perfectly, so the casual onlooker sees a driverless car. He said he was nervous the first time he tested it at a KFC.
"I was sitting there shaking, because I had no idea how this was going to turn out," the Old Dominion University student said Wednesday.
Then, the drive-thru window opened, and he recalled: "They were like, 'What's going on?' and at that moment I'm like, 'Oh, man, this going to be epic!'"
Hossain's YouTube channel, Magic of Rahat, has similar videos that Hossain describes as "magic pranks."
One of those videos shows Hossain going through other drive-thru lanes while a fast-food soda cup mysteriously hovers in mid-air inside his car, spooking numerous workers.
One worker speculated that Hossain was a demon, while others seemed intrigued and asked for the secret behind the floating cup.
Hossain, a self-taught magician, plans to make magic his full-time career.
His YouTube videos have garnered millions of views. He said he was able to quit his job at Domino's pizza and now supports himself off the revenue from the videos.