While at the Colorado Springs Mall last week, Joe Szklarski decided to try the "escalator helicopter" trick he saw someone do on YouTube.

And, as we all know, people attempting to recreate things they see on YouTube are always successful. At injuring themselves and/or others.

"So my friend broke the escalator at the mall," Joe's pal Andrew Nichols told 9NEWS. "$3700 in fees."

Sure, that's a lot of money to an 18-year-old, but there's an upside: "It still is as funny as crap," said Andrew, who filmed the predictable failure, "and I've seen it so many times!"

Joe managed to avoid being charged for his vandalism by sticking around and "manning up to the crime."

He also vowed that his days of escalator helicoptering are well behind him. "I couldn't afford to replace another," he said.

For the record, this is what it's supposed to look like:

[H/T: Tastefully Offensive, Fark]