Skip to comments.Workplace pranks?
Posted on 01/27/2013 9:19:58 PM PST by MtnClimber
I once took a coworkers phone apart and swapped the wires for column 1 and 2. He could still dial 9 for an outside line, but all calls with most numbers went to wrong numbers. Also super glued a full cup of coffee on his desk.
One that did not work on me....I left my office and my office mate thought I went to the bathroom and thought I was in a stall. He soaked a hand full of paper towels and threw them over the door and splat onto "my" head. He was laughing when he ran into the office, but not so much when he saw I was there.
One done to me when I lived in Florida, we were leaving a remote work area when the car in front of me stopped for a snake in the dirt road. I got out and saw it was a garter snake and caught it and threw it off the road. I explained that except for coral snakes in FL, all poisonous snakes were pit vipers with slit pupils. A few days later my coworkers opened the door to my office and were snickering and saying "slit pupils are not poisonous" and threw a large zip-loc baggie on my desk containing a live eastern diamond back rattlesnake they had caught that was sluggish due to cold weather. I took it far away and let it go. They got me. I was surprised!
I work in electronics.
Years ago I worked at a place where we had a limited lunch hour so we would send one person out to get food and we would do duty rotating that task.
It was my turn to get chinese.
I had saved a fortune cookie from a previous week, opened the cellophane pack, removed the fortune with forceps.
Replaced it with a new professional looking fortune and resealed the cellophane.
My Co worker almost fell off his chair when he read the fortune.
“No touch you ****!! Fix Radio!!”
And you think this childish behavior is funny?
If I had been your manager, I would have written you up, then the next time fired you.
Used to work for a grain company. Was not unusual to come in on Monday morning and find every drawer in my desk filled with grain of some kind. Musty, off grade soybeans were the worst to clean out, particularly when they had been there over a long weekend in an office with no air conditioning during a humid time of the year in southern Louisiana.
We also had a trader who smoked very smelly cigars. Would often find the stub of one floating in my coffee cup right when I took a mouthful. Soon learned to check the contents of my cup before drinking.
Also had a pneumatic tube that was used to send the grade of the next truck load of grain from the truck probe to the dump for binning. A quick flip of the wrist and out popped the paper - and also unfortunately often a dead mouse or small snake. Learned to look before opening and also to stifle my screams. Guys never seemed to be on the receiving end of the animals though, just the gals.
“I had been your manager, I would have written you up, then the next time fired you.”
Now thats what I call full dedication and commitment to the cause there...lol
I worked with an old mechanic years ago that delighted in greasing the door handles on my car.
On day I brazed a Stainless steel coaches whistle into a pipe, bunged that up his exhaust, wired a smoke bomb to his starter coil, filled his hubcaps with gravel AND greased his door handles.
Much hilarity ensued.
A guy at work got a big promotion so the next day a bunch of his friends put his office inside the freight elevator.
One of my oldest memories, I kid you not, was getting thrown out of a kindergarten for what you could call a “workplace prank”. It’s been downhill since then.
I despise pranks. I do not understand how doing them is at all funny. I know most folks will think I have no sense of humor. I see it as attempts to humiliate people in order to entertain yourself and others. Not explaining well, I guess. I do not even play on April 1st. People who know me, know I do not appreciate pranks. I consider most of them cruel and unfunny. I will confess there have been one or two that I think are humorous, but not as a rule.
It’s a guys’ thing, mom!
lol....Then you would get the “special” treatment.
Sometimes it just breaks the monotony.
“And you think this childish behavior is funny?
If I had been your manager, I would have written you up, then the next time fired you.”
And maybe I would have been the unfortunate Manager of you and fired your stiff, stiff arse. Wipe that frown off your face comrade!
What about whoopee cushions? Those are harmless enough, and are always good for a laugh. :-)
The first time I rode a submarine I was heckled mercilessly as the greenhorn, by a group of 14 other experienced riders.
There was a radioman on board that had a panty collection.
Yeah, a panty collection.
Well on the final day of the mission 14 pairs of panties made their way into 14 married jerks seabags LOL
I have no idea what the results where.
I guess that is not so much a prank as it is revenge.
There is one in every office. LOL
Practical jokers are, without exception, a**holes and usually morons. I’ve fired two people for it and would happily do so again.
Pop the 1,2,3 and 7,8,9 keys from the computer keyboard and adding machine, and replace in reverse order.
So, instead of...
I had one co-worker go through about 7 feet of tape trying to figure out why none of her calculations would balance.
Same co-worker months later - over the course of the day - every time she got up and left her workstation - we would turn down the brightness on her monitor a few clicks. By the end of the day she was inches away squinting to make out what was on the screen.
She’s a good sport. But if she ever comes to work in a black trench-coat, I’m bailing out a window - and we work on the 4th floor! :)
I’ll bet you are a riot at the company white elephant Christmas party.
Pranks have zero place in the work place.
Most pranks are not funny except to the person pulling them.
Taking time from work to pull pranks, is not what you are hired for.
Play pranks off the clock.
Is ribbing OK?
You know? I had a guy squeal on me because for my own amusement I Filled in a document that was for my own use and not a deliverable as being prepared by B. O’bama.
This was done on the day that Barry was in Ireland bragging about his long lost Irish relatives.
This person saw it and ran to the boss.
Would it have been offensive if it said Milhouse Nixon?
As I said this was not a deliverable and was my own notes for my own use.
I got called into the office for it.
Barry can joke about it but I can’t??!!
Ya gonna bust me for doodles?
After working for a number years at a finance company in a large city, I got a job as a loans officer with a bank, with a branch in a small city of 45,000. As an officer of the branch, I was to have the combination to the vault. The manager advised me that corporate policy was that the combination was changed with each change in personnel. We would need the ‘combination puller’ to accomplish this, but this important piece of equipment was at another branch in a small town approximately 25 miles away.
He sent me to that branch in another town to pick up the ‘combination puller’ and bring it back with me. I had a pleasant drive in the country to the other branch. I went in and introduced myself, asking for the Manager. I asked him if I could bring back the ‘combination puller’ back to my branch. He then asked me when I had started with the bank.
The good thing is that I got lunch paid for and saw some very pretty countryside. Every time there was a new hire, they were asked to travel and retrieve the ‘combination puller’.
Bah humbug smith. Bah humbug to you. Come fire me :)
I bet you time people in the bathroom too.
Why aren’t you working, that’s what you get paid for?
Like sending the new guy on the boat to get some “Relative Bearings”
In my several decades of employment, the concept of workplace pranks has never entered into my experience in any way. The idea is completely alien to me, which suits me fine.
Oh gosh, wait! Honestly, I had forgotten. Some guys played a UNIX prank on me years ago, but I forget what it was exactly. Some kind of login thing which involved “social engineering” I regret to say. Well, it didn’t amount to much.
What a weird oh.
We are talking about taking time from your job to pull a prank, not having friendly conversations.
But we have it down, you apparently feel goofing around is more important than doing the job you where hired to do.
“Radar Paint” worked as well
I am usually in by 6:30 and don’t leave till 6:00
Mondays I come in later.
Not everything I do requires attention 60 seconds of every minute in the day.
I occasionally find time to smile.
For the record, I smoke on my time, eat on my time and try to take a **** on my time, before I come in.
Well, you may not to work such long hours if you weren’t goofing around so much. (But hey you knew I was going to say that)
A prank where I was a manager, ended up in someone getting badly hurt, a shattered ankle and blown knee which resulted in five surgeries for them.
Pranks very rarely end well for the company or the employees.
Knowing the male of the species as I do, I bet you were hot.
I think you don’t know me and I am not a practical joker.
I do however enjoy a good natured larf.
The first Joke I wrote about?
It was done on MY Lunch Time.
The second one I stated was retaliation and was also done on My lunch hour.
The 3rd one was flat out revenge. I was 24 years old on a Fast Attack Submarine.
What are you gonna do? Take away my birthday?
I have two dead teeth as a result of horseplay.
I know the difference between a joke and horseplay.
OMG!! That is Hilarious!!!
Hmmm...not sure if serious? Play is important part of human relationships. Especially in professional relationships where you may spend more time with co-workers in a given week than with family. It builds unit cohesion, and promotes morale. Let your horses run a little faster and freer with a little more slack in the reins. Or not. Old dogs, new tricks and all that.
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