My former office is one filled with all kinds of personalities, full of love, hard work, quibbles and pranks. This is the office that made my dad ask if we ever worked one early winter day a few years ago. This is a group of people that can get behind a luncheon, bowling tournament, holidays throughout the year and that little celebration of pranks come April First.
Of course not all pranks are done on that day. . .I have seen desks redecorated with post it notes and cubicles laying under the rubble of birthday streamers and posters. I have even seen chairs disappear from cubicles. But Friday’s prank almost ranks as high as the one pulled last year.
Step in the time machine for a quick trip back to 2010. . . a prankster decided to take advantage of some office rearrangements to post a sign above the copier/scanner that had been moved AND been worked on by the techies. This little sign instructed all users of some new upgrades to said machine. It was now a voice activated machine. Apparently you would need to identify yourself, the command of what you needed and how many if it was a copy.
Victim Number One steps up to the plate. . . JOE SMITH, SCAN nothing happens, he gets a bit closer and a bit louder. . . JOE SMITH, SCAN again nothing. Victim number two shows up to help and goes through this again, JANE DOE, SCAN nothing. This goes on for another minute or so until they realize that it was a prank. I bow down to the prankster because that still makes me belly laugh to this day.
Fast forward back to present day, a coworker, Shy, calls to ask for email addresses for something she is doing for a trip down to see me. I ask if any pranks have been pulled, she says no and that her manager, Foxy (a recipient of many pranks in the past), told them yesterday that she would not be in today. But Foxy is there (and I learned from Foxy herself, it was due to a deadline that she needed to come in).
I mention The Office episode where Jim hides Andy’s cell phone in the ceiling and the repeated phone calls to the AWOL phone. I got this recap of the episode from my former boss who loves this show thus making it impossible for me to ever pull it on him. I suggest she grab Earl and Cat, grab the phone, hide it but make sure the ringer volume is set high.
Later in the day I get a call from Shy again, laughing while she tells me that they did it, have video of it and that it was priceless. Cat emailed the video to me Friday night and I spent a good portion of the evening watching and laughing while poor Foxy tears her office apart trying to find her phone.
Well played my dear friends, well played. And as a promise to Foxy, it will not be shared. . .it is YouTube worthy but Foxy could kick my butt and I prefer to not visit an emergency room this year.