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Millennials’ Worst Nightmare Realized When Fake Security Guard Fines People For Taking Selfies

Apocalypse Instagram.

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New Yorkers reacted to a sign recently placed in Central Park declaring it a “Selfie-Free Zone” Monday through Sunday from 7 a.m. to midnight as you’d expect they might: They took selfies with it.

In the latest edition of Jena Kingsley’s YouTube series, the prankster put on a security uniform and informed people that their selfies were punishable by a $50 fine. And some of the filter-loving photo takers were not pleased with the supposed de Blasio New York policy.

But even though the video just aims to poke fun at our cultural selfie craze — “Can you imagine what our pics are going to look like to our children and grandchildren?” Kingsley asks TIME — it hits a little close to home. Some institutions are at war with selfies. They have been banned at some school graduations, in clubs, and a New York law now prohibits direct contact between the public and tigers or other big cats as more and more men make “tiger selfies” their profile pictures on online dating sites.

Is this parody really a look into a post-selfie future? Sparrow face while you still can!

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