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Elderly Man Falls Victim To Motel 6 Prank
smoking gun ^ | 11/22/10

Posted on 11/24/2010 10:27:52 PM PST by malkee

NOVEMBER 23--Joseph Jones, 73, was sleeping in a Motel 6 room in Spartanburg, South Carolina late Sunday evening when he was awakened by a phone call.

The male caller, who identified himself as a hotel administrator, spun out a bizarre story about a prior guest having left “highly sophisticated cameras” in the guest’s room. The man told Jones that “he would tell him what to do to get rid of them,” according to a Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office report.

At the caller’s direction, Jones took the ceramic toilet tank cover and smashed the television (presumably a hiding place for a hidden camera). Since the cover shattered without breaking the TV, the caller told Jones “to throw the TV outside and he did.” Jones was then told that cameras were “behind the mirrors and that he needed to smash them.” The guest complied, grabbing a wrench he had in the room to smash the mirrors.

The call, of course, was not coming from the front desk, but rather was a prank bearing the hallmarks of Pranknet, the online group of miscreants whose damaging hoaxes have been frequently chronicled in these pages. Pranknet (which is also known as Prank U or Prank University) specializes in social engineering and manipulation geared toward damaging businesses and embarrassing victims.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: motel6; prank; pranknet
I guess if you are planning to stay in a Motel 6 you should be aware of this. I had never heard of Pranknet.
1 posted on 11/24/2010 10:27:58 PM PST by malkee
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To: malkee

Yeah - this requires the same common sense that people fail to execute on fishing e-mails.


2 posted on 11/24/2010 10:33:07 PM PST by Frapster (ugh)
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To: malkee

How stupid do you have to be? Oh, wait...


3 posted on 11/24/2010 10:45:09 PM PST by BigCinBigD (Northern flags in South winds flutter...)
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To: malkee

Sounds like the same outfit that called a McDonald’s manager, told him that they were a cop and one of his burger flippers was guilty of shoplifting. Told him to take her into custody, bind her hands, and undress her to search for stolen goods. He complied fully. Last thing I heard the manager was in the slammer.


4 posted on 11/24/2010 10:45:40 PM PST by Lucius Cornelius Sulla ('“Our own government has become our enemy' - Sheriff Paul Babeu)
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To: malkee

I hate to admit this.. but as a kid (13-15) we would call randon numbers from the phone book and tell them that because they were such good customers, they had received an additional 6 feet of phone line, and all they had to do was pull on the line and it would come out of the wall..... we WAITED FOR THE “ click” AND WE KNEW WE WERE SUCCESSFULL


5 posted on 11/24/2010 10:46:44 PM PST by Robe (Rome did not create a great empire by talking, they did it by killing all those who opposed them)
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To: Robe

LOL!

“Nice story bro, but without pics I aint buying!”


6 posted on 11/24/2010 10:52:47 PM PST by Yehuda (Land of the free, THANKS TO THE BRAVE!)
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To: BigCinBigD

There are a lot of Obama voters out there.


7 posted on 11/24/2010 11:08:31 PM PST by xp38
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To: malkee

This is the electric company. Is your refrigerator running? Well you better go catch it.

Hello Acme Liquor store, do you have Prince Albert in a can? Well you better let him out.


8 posted on 11/24/2010 11:19:29 PM PST by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience.)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla
Like all such things, lawyers have turned such pranks into gravy trains. The McDonald's prankee was awarded $6.1 million:

http://www.gmanews.tv/story/63371/jury-gives-61m-to-woman-in-strip-hoax

The jury award $5 million in punitive damages and about $1.1 million in compensatory damages. Juror Kay Parrish told reporters the amount awarded will enable Ogborn to "live well the rest of her life" and "put all this behind her."

9 posted on 11/24/2010 11:23:18 PM PST by wizkid (俄)
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To: wizkid

I think I would let the guy strip me if I could win $6 million in a lawsuit.

How stupid are juries? The money just grows on trees, right?


10 posted on 11/24/2010 11:28:19 PM PST by Rocky (REPEAL IT!)
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To: malkee

This is like Jerky Boys Gone Wild.


11 posted on 11/24/2010 11:33:27 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: gunsequalfreedom

Is your roof leaking?
Then how did a drip like you get in.


12 posted on 11/24/2010 11:34:25 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: Rocky
It turns out she was strip searched, forced to dance in the nude, spanked and performed sex acts for three hours. watch the video for the whole incredible story.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFXeXK3szOk

Tragic but hard to pin on McDonald's.

I would like to just think it is plain stupidity but, then again, we all may be doing nude jumping jacks in airports before too long.

13 posted on 11/24/2010 11:53:14 PM PST by wizkid (俄)
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To: malkee

My best prank was played against my neighbor....the kind of guy who would yell at me when my ball happened to roll onto his lawn. He’d confiscate it and tell me I wasn’t getting it back. I was only like 10, so it really bothered me. One day, he left and I swung into action. I had bought a small screw in eye hook, and a small washer. I painted both white, which happened to match the trim of his house. I then ran over to his house with a stepladder and screwed the eye hook into his window trim above his bedroom window. I then tied some mono filament fishing line to the washer, and threaded the fishing line through the eye hook. I then threw my roll of fishing line over the telephone wires and hid the spool some 200 to 300 yards across the road in a wooded area. That night, when he had returned, I started pulling on the fishing line, so that the washer would bounce against his storm window. After a while, he came outside and looked all around his window with a flashlight, but as soon as I had seen him coming, I had pulled the washer up tight against the eye hook. I kept this act up for a half hour or so, until a police cruiser arrived, at which point the prank ended and I snuck home. The next day the fishing line, eye hook and washer were gone, but I sure had fun making his life miserable for an hour or so.


14 posted on 11/25/2010 12:35:26 AM PST by krogers58
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To: gunsequalfreedom

Called a Tavern and asked in they were on highway 12 if they said yes we said you better move there is a truck coming


15 posted on 11/25/2010 3:33:36 AM PST by Pardeeville Liberator
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To: krogers58

I had a similar neighbor that made my life miserable but what I did was collect all those “blow-in” subscription cards from the newstand and fill them out with his name and address. I then got to watch the mailman bring all these unwanted magazines to the house day after day. Must have been a major pain in the neck to get all those subscriptions cancelled, not to mention all the explaining that had to be done.


16 posted on 11/25/2010 4:07:00 AM PST by SamAdams76 (I am 14 days away from outliving Curly Howard)
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To: Robe
we WAITED FOR THE “ click” AND WE KNEW WE WERE SUCCESSFULL

I'm sure that for teenagers, it was fun to imagine that, but most likely it just meant that the person on the other end hung up the phone.

:-)

17 posted on 11/25/2010 5:23:10 AM PST by alnick
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To: malkee

R.V. Jones (chief of scientific intelligence for RAF during the Battle of Britian) tells of his graduate school days at Cambridge in the 1930s with Karl Bosch (one of the Sohn in Karl Bosch und Söhne). Jones watched and listened as Bosch called up some local pretending to be from the telephone company and gave instructions for helping to isolate a fault on the line. Jones intervened when he told the victim to place the telephone receiver in a bucket of water. He succeeded at least in part by initially making seemingly innoculous requests and incrementally upping the ante.

In a few years they would be facing each other accross the ether in a deadly game of bluff and deception. Jones used the story to illustrate how electronic warfare in the early days was very much like a confidence game. For instance, the Germans were jamming British radar in Malta very effectively. When the jamming started, the British operators would switch off their transmitters and wait for it to stop. When the RAF consulted Jones as to what to do, he told them to not turn off their transmitters. They complied and after a while the Germans stopped jamming them. After the war, Jones interviewed General Martini, the head of electronic warfare for Luftwaffe. He asked Jones how they ever burned through that jamming in Malta. Jones reply, “We didn’t.” It quickly dawned on Martini that he had been pwned.


18 posted on 11/25/2010 5:29:58 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Socialists are to economics what circle squarers are to math; undaunted by reason or derision.)
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To: wizkid
Like all such things, lawyers have turned such pranks into gravy trains. The McDonald's prankee was awarded $6.1 million:

The girl was raped as part of that "prank."

19 posted on 11/25/2010 5:33:10 AM PST by Moonman62 (Half of all Americans are above average.)
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To: SamAdams76
I had a similar neighbor that made my life miserable but what I did was collect all those “blow-in” subscription cards from the newstand and fill them out with his name and address.

What a coincidence! All my neighbors with Obama bumper stickers recently subscribed to Newsweek and the Boston Globe. Funny how that happened.

20 posted on 11/25/2010 5:34:28 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Socialists are to economics what circle squarers are to math; undaunted by reason or derision.)
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To: malkee
Pranknet (which is also known as Prank U or Prank University) specializes in social engineering and manipulation geared toward damaging businesses and embarrassing victims.

They sound a lot like the Democrats.

21 posted on 11/25/2010 5:34:49 AM PST by Moonman62 (Half of all Americans are above average.)
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To: Moonman62
The girl was raped as part of that "prank."

Still have trouble figuring out what McDonalds did that placed them at fault besides having money.

The managers should have gone to jail too.

22 posted on 11/25/2010 5:42:03 AM PST by hopespringseternal
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To: Lancey Howard

OMG! The Jerky Boys!!!


23 posted on 11/25/2010 6:11:28 AM PST by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Moonman62
While it was tragic, it was more a case of extreme stupidity on many parts than rape. Does America really need to constantly reward stupidity with big paydays?

If awards are based on stupidity, maybe the manager, Donna Sumners, who put Ogsborn through her ordeal, also deserved the $50 million demanded when she sued McDonald's

Ogsborn was 18 at the time and consented to a strip search in a small McDonald's office instead of telling the manager screw herself. After the strip search, she did not demand to put her clothes back on, made no protest when the manager's boyfriend came to guards her, and never screamed at the top of her lungs for help in the packed restaurant or put more up than a feeble protest.

From wiki:

"McDonald's based its defense on four points:

(1) Summers deviated from the company's management manual, which prohibits strip searches, and therefore McDonald's should not be responsible for any action conducted by Summers outside the scope of her employment; (2) workman's compensation statutes prohibit employees from suing employers; (3) Nix, who actually performed the acts, was not a McDonald's employee; and (4) the victim did not remove herself from the situation, contrary to common sense."

I know it is incredible for modern Americans to understand but at some point in our lives COMMON SENSE has got to come into play or soon we will all be dancing naked jumping jacks under orders of authority with no million dollar pay outs.

24 posted on 11/25/2010 9:36:12 AM PST by wizkid (俄)
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To: gunsequalfreedom

Hello, do you have any pig’s feet? Well you better put some socks on them before they catch cold.


25 posted on 11/25/2010 9:53:45 AM PST by stbdside
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