Post # 1
OK, so my coworker John was going to buy everyone In-N-Out today. He gave me the money yesterday to keep safe. But today he storms into the office around 9:30, and says, “Give me the money back. I’m not buying lunch. You all are sh*ttalkers.”
My coworker Chris and I stare at each other, like, WTF? John proceeds to spend the rest of the morning talking about how we all talk about him behind his back, and at one point, he and my coworker Dan get into a shouting match. Something like this happens about once every month or so.
John is, I suspect, bi-polar. One day he is cheerful and friendly, the next he is paranoid and angry. It’s really unprofessional and disruptive.
I really want to prank him, however. Darling Husband suggested that I take a screen shot of his desktop, then set it as the background, and move all the icons into a folder.
I’m not going to do it – I might get in trouble for touching his computer – but gosh – I can just imagine his reaction! (Like Dwight from The Office when Jim pulls a prank.)
Do you ever just really want to mess with your coworkers?? Do you actually do it?? Any commiserations?
Post # 3
sorry about being the debbie downer, but why would you want to prank someone who appears to have a mood disorder? To me, that would only exacerbate the situation and might even be considered bullying. I would save the pranks for people you knew would handle it better.
I haven’t pranked anyone in my full time job but when I waited tables part time, I did smal pranks. One time our hosts kept complaining about their pen disappearing so the manager fashioned a rubber band chain to attach it to the seating chart so the servers couldn’t take it. One day I was playing with the pen and noticed the ink container was loosened from the outer plastic protector, so I pulled the ink out and threw it behind the menus.
We also have a customer database for call-in orders and I would occasionally change the customer names to things like Donkey Breath so when the next server pulled up their record, that was the first thing they saw.
And we have kiddie chopsticks (chopsticks clipped at the top so you just squeeze them together) and I’d clip them to the back of my coworker’s apron so it looks like a tail. Then I watched to see how long they walked around the restaurant like that.
Post # 4
Darling Husband is right, just don’t move it to a folder. All you have to do (most of the time now) is right click, uncheck show icons.
I wouldn’t do it to this coworker. It would just blow up everything and there’s no need for that.
Post # 5
The best office prank we’ve had was with a fart machine. We installed it in the ceiling (those pop up tilies) and you could do it by remote. We’d wait until the person being pranked had a visitor and then we’d make the fart machine fart. It was super funny.
The fart machine has moved all over the office too. One time we waited until a coworker was presenting and then let it rip. It was awesome.
Post # 6
I agree with the PP, I would not prank someone who has a disorder, that’s just mean.
But as far as pranking co-workers, I haven’t done it myself, but there have been a lot of good ones done at my office.
Someone put a free stereo up on craiglist with another co-worker’s phone number. He probably got 40-50 calls in about 2 hours. He had no idea why he was getting all these calls about his free stereo.
Said co-worker decides to prank that person back, so he and another guy stay late one night and fill up hundreds of plastic cups with water and line the person’s office with them. All over her desk and floor. She couldn’t get in her office without emptying the cups first. Took her all morning.
We filled someone’s office full of balloons. It took him 2 hours to pop them all.
We’ve hidden condoms in people’s drawers, purses, wallets, etc. Like handfuls of condoms at a time. (one of our programs is HIV and AIDS awareness so we have hunderds of them.)
Those are just some of a few I can think of right now.
Post # 7
Ctrl + Alt + Arrow will change a screen display direction without messing with too much stuff. Although I’m against pranking this unstable coworker…
Post # 8
@LiliKitty: I pulled this exact prank when I worked my Mom and it was so stinking funny. I even had the IT guys in on it so they “couldn’t figure out what was wrong” when she called them. Best hour I ever spent at work!
I agree with other posters, OP. He doesn’t sound like the type of person I would prank…I don’t see it going well.
Post # 9
@vickyness: Bahaha. My parent’s cat did that to my dad. They called me to figure out how to fix it. SO FUNNY.
Post # 10
There have been some good pranks in my office. A friend of mine, every morning, would remove the staple other co-worker’s stapler. The guy who was being pranked thought it was someone else, so he, in turn, removed their staples every morning. It went on for a couple of weeks until the second person who was getting their staples removed caught on to who was doing it to the first guy, and tattled. Another involved us wrapping up everything in someone’s cubical with tin foil, including the walls, keyboard, mouse, paper clips, etc, while the guy was on vacation. Tape on the bottom of a mouse (has to be a laser mouse – it wont work with tape covering the laser beam) is also an easy trick, as is almost completely unplugging the phone cord, so that when they pick up their phone, the cord comes flying out.
But, I second the PPs, I wouldn’t do something like that to someone with a mood disorder. More likely than not, it would backfire. It has to be someone with a sense of humor.
Post # 11
A great long range prank: empty a 3 hole punch into someone’s umbrella and then close it back up. Try to time it so you’re there when they open it up. I did this years ago and we were all falling down laughing!
that said- don’t prank this unstable dude!
Post # 12
Uh, pranking the bi-polar guy in the office seems like a really REALLY bad idea.
Post # 13
Love tham umbrella prank!
Post # 14
All of this sounds really, really mean. I’m glad I don’t work with you all!
I’m sure it’s funny to those who are doing the pranking, though.
Post # 15
It won’t go over well. Messing with someone who is already mentally unstable is not cool.
Post # 16
If your co-worker is unstable and you believe he’s bipolar why would you want to prank him? That’s a tad bit mean isn’t it? Ok so he’s gotten into a shouting match with another co-worker and this is why you want to mess with him? Would you pull a prank on someone in a wheelchair or blind? I would hope not. John obviously can’t help his behavior just as someone disabled can’t help it either.
I’m sorry but I’ve never liked pranks or practical jokes. People don’t pull pranks on others to make the reciepient laugh, it’s to make the pranker and anyone else around laugh. Does it honestly make people feel better to frustrate someone, embarrass them or worse.