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“The algorithm is so perfect”

The TikTok algorithm has created magic by uniting a prankster with its target.

On October 24, 19-year-old Ohio-based TikToker Amanda Stone created a video explaining that a construction crew had been doing noisy work outside her home for weeks. To get revenge on them, she stole one of their orange traffic cones.

Although she doesn’t consider herself an artist, Stone painted the traffic cone like Patrick Star from Sponge Bob SquarePants. Then she brought it back to the construction site so that the workers could see it. The next night, Stone took another cone and painted it like SpongeBob.

Meanwhile, construction worker @mikeyp357 noted on October 24 that he showed up to work one morning, and suddenly there was a Patrick Star cone.

“I literally can’t believe this app just came full circle for me! (I just saw the painter’s video) What a time to be alive!!” one user wrote.

“The algorithm is so perfect! Wait until he sees the SpongeBob one,” one person said.

“It happened in POV right after the video of the girl painting it,” someone added.

Of course, he eventually found the SpongeBob SquarePants cone. Stone has since painted a Sandy, Squidward, Plankton and Mr. Crabs cone every day, while @mikeyp357 has documented them all on his TikTok.

Eventually, Stone met @mikeyp357 in person. Luckily, he and his construction company loved the artwork and didn’t consider it vandalism. He even started supplying Stone with more traffic cones to paint.

The TikTok post follows a teenage girl’s back and forth with a construction company after she secretly painted ‘SpongeBob’ characters on traffic cones which first appeared on In The Know.

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