Parents have been left bamboozled after discovering a bizarre form of vandalism in their local playground.

A mum has taken to social media to share that she discovered piles of baked beans all over the playground equipment in her local park.

While the incident happened in the UK, we wouldn’t be surprised if this weird act of vandalism is copy-catted in our own playgrounds.

The mum visited the Chapel Street playground in Swanwick, Hampshire, in the UK and noticed that piles of saucy baked beans had been dolloped all over the roundabout, swings and basketball court.

The mum said that she didn’t understand the significance of the vandalism and was disappointed that locals didn’t take more pride in their park.

Bean there ; done that!

“So today I take my little girl to Chapel Street Park, and this is what I found. Baked beans on the swings, the kids roundabout and on the basket ball area,” the mum wrote.

“I don’t understand. When we have all been cooped up for a while now, would have thought people would want to look after parks,” she added.

The post rapidly gained momentum, being shared thousands of times across the globe.


Many commenters were unimpressed with the vandalism.

“Nasty bugger! Rather than wasting beans by raining on other people’s parade they could have donated those beans to a food bank. Shows where the culprit’s priorities lie,” wrote one person.

“It’s disgraceful. The litter and broken bottles also. Zero respect, such a shame,” another person said.

beans in playground
Image via Facebook

Not the best idea in Heinz-site

Others, however, couldn’t ignore the lighter side of the prank.

“Absolutely out of order!! It’s bean a while for most people since they last ventured out to the park, let’s hope that karma ketchups to those doing it!!!” read one cheeky comment.

“What if those beans just wanted to play on the swings? Some people are so inconsiderate!” said another.

“That wasn’t my brightest idea in Heinz sight,” another person added.

“Back in my day we sat on the bean swing and we liked it. Entitled parents these days think their angels are too good for the bean”, quipped another.

“I think people are bean a bit dramatic,” another replied.

“This is actually a work of art, I can’t believe you’re complaining about this.” one commenter joked.

“We will call this beautiful piece of art, farts & crafts. It looks like they’ve bean hard at work, can’t complain.”

Spill The Beans!

Others demanded that the culprit be exposed:

“Right spill the beans …. Who was it?” said one.

So this may not really be a joking matter, but we must admit, it did give us a few laughs.

How would you react if you noticed this kind of strange vandalism in your local playground? Tell us in the comments below.

  • As far as teens or young adults with nothing to do, this seems pretty tame. Annoying but tame.


  • I’d make a complaint to the local council to get it cleaned up. Who knows if the baked beans were spiked with something? People can be so inconsiderate sometimes.

    • All relevant authorities should always be made aware of issues with public facilities.


  • I’d report it to Council to have someone come and clean it up. Just disgusting.


  • Surely there are better things to do with time than to waste time and money on engaging in senseless pranks. There is concern about wildlife and other animals eating the food too. The pranks demonstrate a lack of respect for humans and animals.


  • This is disgusting and annoying.


  • Very stupid thing to do – if your child had run ahead of you they could quite probably have this all over them too. How ridiculous to waste food that way too.

    • Yes very anti-social and my youngest might have well eaten it, yuk !


  • That’s all a bit weird. Just call the council to wash it off. The birds would probably eat them too.


  • Gosh there some bored people out there that they have to pick on a kids playground

    • yep, it’s sad really that people get kicks out of doing things like this really isn’t it


  • I would be annoyed to find this- it’s only marginally better than eggs and it is a blatant waste of food.


  • What a waste of some good baked beans lol

    I wonder what was going through there mind when they thought it was a great idea


  • I wouldn’t class it as Vandalism, per se, more like total stupidity, childishness and a waste of good food. I would be hoping someone had CTV footage to catch the offenders.

    • No I wouldn’t class it as Vandalism either


  • This first thing that came to my mind was maybe it’s not an act of vandalism and someone may have put a drug in it to bait a dog or even drug a child. Or we could all be completely wrong and a kid hated their lunch and left it everywhere, kids do weird things.

    • Yes that’s true, kids can do weird things too


  • It certainly is a strange one. Someone with too much money (what a waste of food!) And too much time on their hands. Sad really


  • I think people have too much time on their hands!


  • I can think of better things to do with my time.


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