I’m a fool for you
Posted April 1, 2011on:
I have a confession to make… I’m a bit of a practical joker. I like pranks, like unleashing my inner devil.
When I was a manager, I used to prank my staff and encourage them to get back at me. It was a great team-building exercise. One of my writers used to keep action figures on his desk. One night, I swiped every last one of them and then went on vacation for a week. When I returned, I discovered no license plates on my car.
Um. Yeah. Probably took that one a bit too far.
On a trip to Chicago, a group of us bought a bike lock and chained the boss’s treasured Aeron chair to his desk. In return, he managed to get the entire team calling me Queen of Quality, which morphed into Two-Q. There was even a caricature. I thought it was funny. So, they kicked things up a notch. The trip to Chicago was to unveil a new business process. One of my writers decided not to follow it. I was almost apoplectic while editing his work and then he pulled out the ‘right’ book.
He got me good.
Last year, one of my coworkers called me Grandma and I was so upset by this, I tweeted about it. A twitter pal suggested I peruse a website of office pranks. I did and flipped the offender’s Windows desktop upside down when he left his desk for a second.
A second is all I needed. For anyone interested, hold down the Ctrl+Alt keys and press the arrow key.
It took four software professionals nearly thirty minutes to set it right.
He now fetches me chocolate like a good little minion.
So, in honor of April Fool’s Day, are you the prankster or victim? What classic pranks still make you laugh? I may want to.. .you know… test drive one…
… or six.