If you’re like me, you enjoy a prank or two at work so I’m sure there are many funny anecdotes that many of you can relate to. Here are a few of mine.
It was a particular boring, dead evening at an overpriced toy store that I had worked at that my coworker dared me to prank call our neighboring sister store just for the hell of it.
Luckily the employees at the sister store were friends of ours so we knew they would appreciate a good joke. Putting on my best fake accent, I pretended to be an annoying custy on the phone asking for an item the company does not carry.
As I began pushing the issue to locate the item, the employee became flustered with me to the point that she would have reached over the receiver and rip out of my throat if she could. I finally made the big reveal and in her annoyance vowed she would get me back for the joke.
Sure enough, karma got its justice when she pranked me the next night pretending to be a representative from the city courts informing me I would be fined for not showing up for jury duty. (I made the mistake of bragging to everyone that I had mailed an excuse form to get out of jury duty so I wouldn’t have to serve.)
Well gullible me was shitting bricks so I was frantically running to the office to call the courthouse when my coworker called me back giving me the old “gotcha back” response. Lesson learned. Never mess with a good prankster.
Another prank done to me was by a coworker when I use to work for a retail calling center. Basically my job was to answer phone calls and direct the line to whatever location or department the caller requested. This included paging announcements for custys.
Now the person that was shadowing me was not serious about her job so she thought it would be funny if she played a joke on me. Understand that I took this position seriously especially if I am training at a new job so it didn’t dawn on me that she was doing this.
So it was busy at the call center with phones lines lighting up and Miss Funnypants tells me to page a customer named Mike Hunt on the announcement system. For those of you reading this, repeat the name Mike Hunt several times fives times fast and you’ll get how obscene the name is. Sure enough I made the announcement to my shocked coworker who didn’t believe I would do it as she frantically grabbed the speaker and began sweating up a storm. Luckily, no one was paying attention so we were in the clear.
You would think after that incident Miss Funnypants would have learned her lesson. Apparently not. Again trying to entertain herself on a really slow, boring night Miss Funnypants decides to prank call retail slaves from the calling center. Being the good angel that I am, I advised her not to but she had other ideas. (Again read the first prank post above to see how how phone pranks never work.)
Dialing the number, she contacts the women’s department and gets in touch with two old lady retail slaves named Peggy and Sam. Now I know personally know Peggy and Sam. They are sweetest old ladies you’ll ever meet however if you piss of Sam she turns into Bea Arthur in drag and will let you have it. Miss Funnypants decides she is still going to play her joke on them. The exchange happens like this.
“Good evening, you’ve reached the women’s department. Peggy speaking, how can I help you?” introduces Peggy.
“Hi I’m looking for so and so product that I heard you carried it,” says Miss Funnypants.
“I’m sorry that is not product that our company carries,” explains Peggy. “I do know that it is a specialize brand that is carried by Lax Sixth Avenue.”
“YOU’RE LYING! I KNOW YOU CARRY IT! CHECK YOUR FLOOR!” snaps Miss Funnypants.
“I apologize mam but it is not a product we carry or have in stock. Our company simply does not have it,” says Peggy.
“NO YOU’RE LYING! YOU’RE BEING RUDE! I KNOW YOU HAVE THE PRODUCT! YOU HAVE TO HELP ME!” screeches Miss Funnypants.
“I’m sorry mam but I assure you it’s not something we carry,” responds Peggy meekly.
At this point, I’m rolling my eyes and hoping my coworker would just end the joke but Miss Funnypants persists in turning the knife.
“YOU’RE LYING! I’LL CALL THE COMPANY! YOU’RE BEING RUDE! HOW CAN YOU NOT CARRY THE ITEM? YOU HAVE IT! YOU DON’T WANT ME TO HAVE IT! I’M CALLING YOUR MANAGER ON YOUR RUDENESS!” shouts Miss Funnypants.
Now Sam is listening on the conversation and decides to save the day by grabbing the phone from Peggy and giving her two cents to the caller.
“NOW LISTEN HERE YOU LITTLE SHIT!” mouths Sam. “MY COWORKER HAS BEEN MORE THAN NICE IN HELPING YOU AND TELLING YOU WE DON’T HAVE IT! CALL THE OTHER STORE AND FUCK OFF!” Click.
After Sam hangs up, Miss Fancypants stares at me in astonishment. It just shows that some people can’t always take a joke.