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    Question When do office pranks go too far?

    http://www.cnn.com/video/data/2.0/vi...work.khou.html

    It's a video so I can't easily put any quotes in.

    I hope this guy wins his case and his wife's political career is affected.

    Have you pulled, or seen someone pull, a prank that went too far?

    I once took a boss' coat. it was really nice and he was really cool, and put it in his large file drawer. (I didn't harm the coat in any way.) It turned out that my mailbox key worked on his file drawer and he was mystified for awhile. Later on he took my coat and hid it. Payback is a biotch.

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    At the last place I worked, pranks were part of the norm.
    But the pranks
    1. didn't cause damage
    2. didn't distract time from work (only coffee breaks)
    3. weren't mean in nature
    4. weren't focused on people who disapproved of pranks
    5. weren't dangerous

    So, some of the pranks:
    switching coffee to a hated brand or roast type
    hiding favorite coffee mugs
    changing time on clocks
    turning volume on phone ringer way up
    hiding desk items in weird places
    loading a desk up with a wall of boxes

    Yes, they aren't pranks of the year or anything but it was a way to relieve stress without causing bad feelings with coworkers or bosses.

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    Those were harmless. The prank pulled on this guy over and over isn't funny. JMO

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    On his second day of working in the store, I had told the new zone manager that my dept manager and I would crossdress on Wednesday nights and go ballroom dancing. (that's the short version, it would take too long to type it all out). After planting that idea in his head, I then called fellow co-workers and had them gossip near him about the dancing and dressing up. When I called my dept manager and told him what I did he said "You did tell him it was a joke after.. right?" My reply was "Oh, I forgot that little tid bit" LOL
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    One of my favorite pranks was replacing someone's phone cord with one that was about 2 inches long. Then call them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dewey2Me1MoThyme View Post
    On his second day of working in the store, I had told the new zone manager that my dept manager and I would crossdress on Wednesday nights and go ballroom dancing. (that's the short version, it would take too long to type it all out). After planting that idea in his head, I then called fellow co-workers and had them gossip near him about the dancing and dressing up. When I called my dept manager and told him what I did he said "You did tell him it was a joke after.. right?" My reply was "Oh, I forgot that little tid bit" LOL
    So how many days did you end up working there?

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    The accused, Mr Harless, is the husband of a senator. He and his wife own the dealership. Interesting, and if true, can't the people who did the tasering be arrested for assault ?

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    That's horrible. His manager, who should have prevented this, was the one who filmed it AND supplied the taser (but then denied it now that it's all blown up in his face, surprise surprise). I think pranks are alright in the workplace when they are actually funny, not when they cause physical pain and distress like this. And certainly not when it goes on for months.

    Two of the guys I work with call each other on a semi-regular basis, posing as a customer needing product support, using different accents and being difficult on purpose. But everyone has a laugh about it, and it's definitely just viewed as a bit of fun to break up the day. There's no malicious intent behind it, and it's not done to humiliate anyone. And both the people involved are just as into it as the other.

    The poor guy. I hope he finds a new job soon, and finds a way to cope with this anxiety as quickly as he can.
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    I know what a prank is and THAT was NOT a prank. Tasers can be very dangerous... this man was basically getting assaulted with a potentially deadly weapon.

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    Hate pranks in general.....the potential for unexpected and dangerous reactions is too likely.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steely Dan View Post
    So how many days did you end up working there?
    LOL I was there for several years after that, and people still talk about it today, we had him going for quite some time. Mind you, when my review came up he gave me a very small increase in pay that year, with a note that said "I never forget" LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Softail View Post
    One of my favorite pranks was replacing someone's phone cord with one that was about 2 inches long. Then call them.
    At one garage I worked at the local Frito_Lay driver would come in daily after unloading his truck across the road. when I'd see him pull in, I'd pack the ear piece of our desk phone with hand cleaner, then set it on the desk and go to the door and well across the street to him that his fiance' was on the phone for him. He always used our phone to call her after work. I can't even count how many times he'd run over and put that phone against his ear getting it full of hand cleaner.

    Harmless pranking can be fun, and with my coworkers and friends it was mutual, and fun. Pranks that cause real harm and turn to bullying I don't like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jovi Girl View Post
    The accused, Mr Harless, is the husband of a senator. He and his wife own the dealership. Interesting, and if true, can't the people who did the tasering be arrested for assault ?
    I would hope so because that's no prank, that's criminal assault, IMHO. A young man recently died from tasering.

    Mr. fancy pants (the defendant) did not provide a secure and safe working environment for his employees, and will most likely pay the price.

    I'm all for a good prank (though I'm not the pranking type), but this one went too far.

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    This poor guy.....he was tazed over 20 times! Can you imagine how paranoid a person would be after the first couple times? Just going to work had to be dreadful! Being tazed must be terribly painful and I agree that it had to have been so humiliating for him....what awful working conditions. The owner seems like a real jerk....who probably will end up paying this guy a hefty settlement, rightfully so.

    If this happened to me I would probably pee my pants -which would make it even more embarrassing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dewey2Me1MoThyme View Post
    LOL I was there for several years after that, and people still talk about it today, we had him going for quite some time. Mind you, when my review came up he gave me a very small increase in pay that year, with a note that said "I never forget" LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Melanie View Post
    I would hope so because that's no prank, that's criminal assault, IMHO. A young man recently died from tasering.

    Mr. fancy pants (the defendant) did not provide a secure and safe working environment for his employees, and will most likely pay the price.

    I'm all for a good prank (though I'm not the pranking type), but this one went too far.

    MOO

    Mel
    I hope his wife's political pull doesn't affect this case.

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